The name Arsenal will not prefix Samir Nasri much more as he is on the verge of completing his move to Manchester City.
Reports claim that the Frenchman is due to undergo a medical at City and would sign a five-year contract with the club. It will conclude one of the long-standing sagas of the summer.
Arsenal were desperate to hold onto the 24-year-old. However, his refusal to extend his contract at the Emirates meant Arsenal would have risked losing him for free next summer if he continued at the club, as he was into his final 12 months of his contract.
City's willingness to pay around £22 million for the player ultimately means Arsenal have struck a good deal, although Arsene Wenger needs to move quickly to buy replacements.
Interestingly, the news comes after reports suggested that Nasri's intention was to move to Manchester United. According to reports in France, Nasri had told his friends that he wanted a move to either Old Trafford or one of Barcelona or Real Madrid. However, neither of the Spanish sides showed an interest in the player, while Arsenal refused to sell him to United.
However, Nasri is now to set to join Gael Clichy in moving from Arsenal to City.
The sales of Nasri and Fabregas means Wenger has at least around £40 million in his transfer kitty. With just 12 days to go before the close of the transfer window, he has to move quickly, with Eden Hazard and Gary Cahill amongst others linked with a move.
Wenger's transfer policy has frustrated many though and it is no secret that the French manager is facing the toughest time of his Arsenal career. It has led former-Arsenal vice chairman David Dein to issue a warning, as he believes that Wenger would consider leaving Arsenal if he loses the support of the fans.
He told BBC Sport, That's always an option open to him because it could come to a stage when he will say, 'Well, I have had enough'. At least that's how I feel and I feel the fans should feel that. They should at least give him the respect that he deserves for what he's done.
People talk about 'Has his time finished at the club?' That's a very dangerous thing to say because it's easy to get rid of people and then what? People talk about buying players. Well, you've got to get players who are better than the ones you've got at the moment.
I can understand their worry because the expectation level today is so high and Arsene has brought such success to the club, Dein said. In 15 years that he's been there, every year we've been in the Champions League, so you can understand, perhaps, fans feeling a little bit frustrated that they haven't seen a trophy for a few years.
Under Arsene Wenger's stewardship, they've had good times and very good times and there's no reason to expect why we shouldn't see them again.
Elsewhere, Brazilian winger Wilian has opened the door for a move to London, stating that he would love a move to the English capital.
I would love to play in England, he told the Daily Mail. The league is one of the best and there are some great clubs here; clubs with big players who play attractive football.
I like Chelsea and Arsenal's styles a lot. I'd be very happy to play for Tottenham too and help get them back into the Champions League. They're a very big club.
The Shakhtar Donetsk player has been linked to the big clubs across Europe after impressive performances in the Champions League. However, he is hugely tempted by a move to England.