Date: 22nd July 2008 at 11:54am
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As Samir Nasri joins his new team-mates in pre season training he has spoken of his delight at being at Arsenal and his hopes and ambitions for the future. Refreshingly he sees the stability at the club as a great attraction.

Samir claims that Wenger illustrates that attraction “He represents stability and continuity. We understand we can work on the long term with him. I think he`s been at Arsenal for 13 years. It means the world!”

No doubt he has in mind the changes amongst some clubs like Barcelona or Real where managers rarely enjoy such lengthy tenures and even club presidents are not wholly secure as Joan Laporta experienced this month narrowly surviving a vote of confidence at Barcelona.

“I was looking for that kind of guarantee to advance my career” Nasri said “I didn`t want to go to a club, even a legendary one, where everything could change from one day to another.”

It`s surprising that more players don`t seem ready to take that into account. They can join a club with a playing and management style that seems to suit them at the beginning of a season only to find at some point it has changed to something entirely less suitable – sometimes even within the same season.

If a player is in the twilight of his career it`s a risk he may not care too much about provided the contract is secure but a career in it`s early stages, that is just taking off, that has further to go, runs the risk of being prematurely derailed at a less stable club. An exciting young player can reach the end of a career that might have been financially rewarding but professionally much less so simply by making the wrong moves at the wrong time.

So far Samir Nasri and Nicolas Anelka, or Adebayor perhaps, seem poles apart in their respective professional philosophies. I hope that is something Nasri hangs onto long enough to make full use of his talent. I haven`t seen much of him playing yet but if he plays as well as he thinks he`ll do for me



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