The Arsenal manager, Arsène Wenger, has said that he will have no problem picking Samir Nasri to play against Liverpool on Saturday. He also urged the club's fans not to jeer the France midfielder.
The Manchester City manager, Roberto Mancini, said earlier on Friday that he still hoped that a deal to sign Nasri could be tied up "very quickly". Discussions between the two clubs are believed to have been going on for some time.
However, Wenger said that while the 24-year-old, who has yet to sign a new deal and could leave for nothing next summer, was still an Arsenal player, there was no reason to leave him out, now he is fit after a bout of illness.
Wenger – who this week saw his captain, Cesc Fábregas, sold to Barcelona – said: "One thing I don't question is the commitment of Samir Nasri to this club. Every day since he has arrived here, every day in pre-season, he has worked with a fantastic spirit in training.
"The fans will want Arsenal to play well and win the game. They do not make an individual case of each player in each position. They want good players and to win the football game.
This week, Nasri used Twitter to criticise "disrespectful" chants that were directed at him by Arsenal fans during last weekend's draw at Newcastle.
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