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GoonersWorld are please to announce that French international midfielder Samir Nasri has signed a long-term contract to join Arsenal from Olympique Marseille for an undisclosed fee.

Nasri, who is due to join up with his new Arsenal team mates for pre-season training on 21st July was delighted to finally get the deal completed.

Nasri said:

“I’m very happy to become an Arsenal player, it means such a lot to me. This is a very important step in my life as a football player because Arsenal is a massive club. I really hope everything will go well for me here. I will do my best for Arsenal and its fans and I am honoured to be part of such a great football club.”

Nasri, who has been likened to the French legend Zidaine, made two appearances for France in Euro 2008, was voted as the French Ligue 1 ‘Young Player of the Year’ for 2006/07 and was also Olympique Marseille’s Player of the Year for 2007.

In 12 appearances for the French national team Nasri has score twice, making his debut in March 2007 in the 1-0 friendly win over Austria. Nasri was also a French Under-21 international and part of the French Under-17s who won the European Championships in 2004.

The young attacking midfielder scored 12 goals in 145 appearances for Olympique Marseille, during which time he won the UEFA Intertoto Cup in 2005, was a French Cup runner-up in 2006 and 2007 and helped his side into third place in Ligue 1 last season, thus securing a UEFA Champions League place for next season.

Manager Arsène Wenger said:

“We are delighted to be signing Samir Nasri. He is young, quick and technically an outstanding player. He has shown great potential with his performances for Marseille and the French national team over the past two seasons and he will add great quality to our squad.”

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