Gunners boss faces fight to keep top trio

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The coming weeks could be pivotal for Arsenal, if reports are to be believed, as the futures of star trio Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Gael Clichy appear to hang in the balance.

Clichy, it would seem, is nearing a cut-price move to Manchester City and it has been recently reported to be undergoing a medical at Eastlands today.

City are also said to be monitoring the contract situation of Nasri - while Barcelona continue to court Fabregas, as they have done, unsuccessfully, for the last few seasons.

Arsenal fans could stomach losing one of Clichy, Nasri or Fabregas - even perhaps two - but selling all three in quick succession would severely test the patience of the Emirates Stadium faithful.

Frustration appears to be setting in among Gunners supporters, who have endured six trophy-less years and, while the likes of City splash the cash, Arsene Wenger continues to adopt a more measured approach in the transfer market.

The Arsenal boss has, however, promised significant investment will be made this summer in order to end the silverware drought, with Lille forward Gervinho expected to become the first acquisition of this transfer window.

Wenger still hasn't given up hope of keeping Clichy, Fabregas and Nasri at the club, either - and feels the latter in particular owes Arsenal a debt of gratitude.


"We will do everything to keep Nasri at the club," the Frenchman told L'Equipe. "My wish is that he stays here.

"If he looks back he can see that he's come quite a long way with us, and I think there is still a bit to do. It's the club that makes the player's career."

He added: "Obviously we want them to stay. They are part of Arsenal and big players for the club so we want them to stay, but we will see."

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