Arsenal look to Ligue 1 for Nasri replacement - reports

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Arsenal have reportedly identified Sochaux midfielder Marin Martin as a potential replacement for Manchester City target Samir Nasri.

According to The Guardian, the north London club retain an interest in the France international as they look to reinforce their increasingly depleted midfield ranks.

Should Arsenal sign Martin, the 23-year-old could prove to be a direct replacement for Nasri, who is seemingly set to join City before the close of the transfer window.

However, with a somewhat threadbare squad to chose from at the present time, Arsene Wenger has revealed he may be forced to play Nasri in Arsenal's Champions League playoff second-leg against Udinese, thus making the Frenchman cup-tied.

This would cause a 'big problem' for City says boss Roberto Mancini, who had hoped to confirm the capture of Nasri by Wednesday at the latest.


Arsenal, meanwhile, have also been credited with a bid for Rennes enforcer Yann M'Vila, who would add a combative edge so often missing at the Emirates Stadium.

The 21-year-old France international has been linked with Arsenal for a number of months, but The Guardian now reports that Wenger has formalised his interest.

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