Although I am disappointed to see Nasri leaving. I am glad the 'saga' is over. Wenger and the board have obviously been negotiating with Manchester City officials for ages, working out the best possible deal for us-which is in the interests of the club.
What does not make sense to me is the timing of the deal. Think of all the negative effects:
1-We could have had more time to look for a replacemet (Wenger obviously knew he was leaving so he could have found a replacement before selling Nasri).
2-Clubs now know how much money we can spend and will ask for more than the player is worth (meaning Wenger might not buy).
3-Selling one of the club's best players on the eve of an extremely important is not good for team morale.
4-Some players, like Bastien Schweinsteiger, are now cup tied and therefore won't be able to play in the Champions League.
5-Many players wait to see if there is interest from other clubs before signing a new contract. We could have acquired a good player with only 1 year left on his contract, like we did with Gervino.
Even though we have not signed a replacement yet, The Professor still has 8 days to work his magic. Qualifying for the Champions League would make it a lot easier to buy top quality players. Hopefully one or two of the following midfielders can be signed: Hazard, Marvin Martin, Jadson, Schweinsteiger (I know he is cup tied), Arteta, Biglia or even a player like Raul Meireles who might not be happy at the prospect of sitting on the bench at Liverpool (I don't know if he is a risk worth taking).