Arsenal has agreed to sell French midfielder Samir Nasri to Premier League rival Manchester City.
Nasri, who played in the match against Liverpool, was keen to move to Eastlands after big-spending City promised a significant wage rise.
Arsenal allowed Nasri (24) to travel to Manchester for a medical, meaning he will not figure in the Gunners' crucial Champions League play-off second leg at Udinese on Wednesday.
Nasri spent three years with Arsenal after joining from Marseille.
His departure is a further blow for Gunners' coach Arsene Wenger, who has already lost captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona and who now has to deal with a number of injuries and suspensions.
Nasri's move is also bound to be seen as further evidence of the shift in power from Arsenal, without a major trophy since 2005, to City, which ended a 35-year wait for significant silverware by winning the FA Cup last season.
That campaign also saw City overtake Arsenal and take the third spot in the Premier League, and earn automatic qualification for the Champions League. — AFP