By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger will not lose any sleep over Roberto Mancini's comments about Samir Nasri but he is surprised by the Manchester City manager's behaviour.
Mancini has been linked with a move for the Arsenal midfielder and, at the weekend, expressed his hope that Nasri "can arrive by the end of the month". The Italian's remarks surprised Wenger, who intends to keep Nasri even if the 24-year-old does not sign a new deal before his current contract expires next summer.
The Arsenal boss believes that managers should not comment about players who are under contract with another club - even if Mancini has not actually broken any rules.
"The rules certainly have to be cleaned up," said Wenger.
"For us, at this period of the season, it is important that we give importance to what matters to us. Frankly, it doesn’t take sleep away from me. I just think it is surprising that we have to face these kind of comments. You have never heard me say any word about a player.
"I have spoken to Samir, of course, because he is in a situation where he has only one year to go. But not about Mancini’s statement. Things have changed in England and I believe it is important that we go back to normal behaviour on that front."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source