Arsenal fans have a strange, somewhat obsessive relationship with fleet-footed forward Samir Nasri. The Frenchman left the Emirates last summer in a cloud of ignominy, after refusing to sign a new contract and actively seeking out better terms with other clubs. The Arsenal faithful took some umbrage with his mercenary attitude and when he agreed a £24m transfer to Manchester City, any relationship that once existed between the two was shattered.
Cue widespread jeering throughout the footballing landscape, videos of fans abusing Nasri as he drove home from a Liverpool match and plenty of back and forth between Piers Morgan and Nasri on Twitter. But best of all was probably Nasri countering the claims that he’s just a benchwarmer at Manchester City by arguing that he was ‘over-used’ at Arsenal. Absurdity in the extreme.
Now Samir Nasri doesn’t miss an opportunity to send a pointed remark in Arsenal’s direction. Last time he spoke to the Press about the Gunners he said: “‘I’m glad I left because City are far more competitive and are winning titles, not dreaming about it”.
His message to Arsenal fans? “Celebrate your third-place achievement and I will focus on winning titles.”
Suffice to say, all that remains between Arsenal and Samir Nasri is bad blood. So The Metro’s claim that Arsenal could put in a bid to buy back the Frenchman this summer seems a little far-fetched. The basis of these claims? French newspaper L’Equipe recently ran a story about how Roberto Mancini is not happy with Nasri’s performances and is willing to consider bids for his services.
Even this doesn’t have the ring of truth about it. Towards the end of the season Samir Nasri was really beginning to find his stride with Manchester City. Why would Mancini suddenly turn his back on Nasri but stand by the likes of Adam Johnson? It doesn’t make sense.
The Metro also claims that Arsene Wenger is still one of Nasri’s ‘biggest fans’. I find this hard to believe. Whilst he may admire his technique and overall ability, he’ll surely be disappointed that a player he put his faith in and gave an opportunity to prove himself in the Premier League left in such acrimonious circumstances and whose PR continues to paint a disappointing picture.
All-in-all, it’s difficult to find even the semblance of truth in this transfer rumour. Arsenal ought to be looking for new signings this summer, but there’s no use digging up the past and attempting to attract players with poor attitudes.
Surely it’s time to find players who want to stay the course at the Emirates?
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