Gunners owner ready to accede to Frenchman's £110,000 per week wage demands as he looks to ward off interest from Manchester United and placate club's disgruntled fans
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke is willing to disregard the club's wage structure in order to keep star midfielder Samir Nasri at the Emirates Stadium, according to the Daily Mail.
Nasri's existing contract has only a year left to run and the 23-year-old has been refusing to commit to a new deal until he sees some significant investment in the Gunners' first-team squad as Arsene Wenger looks to finally end the club's six-year trophy drought next term.
The playmaker has also been demanding £110,000 per week, £20,000 per week more than the club has so far been willing to offer, and the likes of Manchester United and Inter have both been taking a keen interest in the player's contract situation.
But Arsenal now appear willing to accede to Nasri's demands, with Wenger loathe to lose one of his star men to a Premier League rival and Kroenke seeking to curb the unrest of Arsenal fans, who have been increasingly critical both of the club's thrifty approach to the transfer market and high ticket prices.
The Gunners hope this change of tack will be enough to tie Nasri down to a new deal, and Wenger has called on the France international to show some loyalty to the club who helped him develop into a top footballer.
Either way, the Arsenal boss wants a quick decision from Nasri so that, if necessary, he can target a replacement in the current transfer window if the playmaker was still determined to make an exit.