As Arsene Wenger slowly watches his once strong Arsenal side deplete before his eyes, the summer-long transfer saga over 24-year old French international has come to an end. With Nasri signing a 4-year deal with Manchester City today reported to be worth slightly more than $40 million (U.S.), he becomes the third weapon to leave The Gunners this summer. Cesc Fabregas joining Barçelona and left-back Gael Clichy also heading to City.

Arguably Arsenal’s best player last season claims that it was the City fans that made him keen on Roberto Mancini’s side. “City fans are really passionate. When we played against City, the crowd was amazing. That’s what I want.”

Nasri becomes City’s fourth summer signing, headlined by Argentinian forward Sergio Aguero, whom is already making a substantial impact for them this season. Scoring twice, and assisting one in a half-hour debut. If the Frenchman can acclimate himself to the new side and develop the chemistry as quickly as Aguero did, then City will be serious contenders.

Despite the sometimes ungrateful treatment from the Arsenal faithful, Nasri had nothing derogatory to say about the historic club.

“Later on Twitter Nasri praised his old club: “I want [to] thank Arsenal FC for everything this club has done for me. I will always be grateful and I wish all the best to the club

“And thank you Mr Wenger and all the staff you were amazing with me and I become the player I am today because of you.”

He is slated to make his debut this Sunday against recently ravaged Tottenham Hotspur, in the wakes of their 3-0 thrashing at the hands of the other Manchester club. With the addition of Samir Nasri, they may be in for more of the same this weekend. Cheers.

(via BBC)