Nasri in astonishing attack on Arsenal fans ahead of Community Shield

Samir Nasri

The Manchester City player didn't mix his words when questioning the point of Gunners fans giving him a hard time.

Once upon a time, not so long ago, Samir Nasri was one of Arsenal's best and most revered players. Full of skill, flair and an uncanny knack of scoring against North London rivals Tottenham, there was plenty to like about the Frenchman if you were a Gooner.

But in the summer of 2011, Nasri damaged that relationship beyond repair by jumping ship at the Emirates, not to mention disappointing Arsene Wenger, when he campaigned for, and successfully completed a move to Manchester City in 2011.

Naturally, the Arsenal faithful had few positive things to say about the former Marseille player's move, and he has become a target of abuse ever since, with plenty quick to label him a money grabber.

Now the reality of the situation is, Nasri said he left to win trophies, and he did that. Now of course, he almost certainly earned a lucrative contract that Arsenal would never have offered. On top of that, just a few years later, Arsenal have also won silverware, and have put together an excellent team capable of challenging Manchester City in each and every tournament.

Which is why it is a little disappointing to read Nasri criticising the Arsenal fans, and further demeaning their relationship.

He is quoted as saying: “I just think the abuse I get is stupid. I’m not an Arsenal fan, I am not from London.

“To be honest we are players and we are just looking at what are the best interests for us and our careers.

“When Manchester City came for me it was the best choice to come here. Since coming to City I have won ­trophies and I have a better life so I am really happy about everything.

“If the fans can’t move on it’s too bad. I am not trying to have a problem with that. They do what they have to do and they love their club.

“They see that as a treason or that I betrayed them but it’s not that. I’m not like that. I just look what’s best for me and that’s what Bacary Sagna did, what Emmanuel Adebayor did and what Kolo Toure did.

“For the fans the only reason has to be for the money. But it isn’t just for the money.

"Of course, it’s a factor and it’s ­important. But if someone earns £200,000-a-week, £150,000 or £100,000-a-week, it’s not that which is going to make a difference or an ­impact on your life, so that’s not true.”

That Nasri cannot on any level appreciate the support the fans gave him when he first moved to England, or that his three years at Arsenal gave him the platform to become one of the Premier League's top midfielders, is insensitive, and of course will only exacerbate Gunners fans' dislike of him. Of course, for Manchester City supporters, it will endear him to them even further.

It will be interesting to see what kind of reaction he gets at Wembley as the two teams walk out for the Community Shield match. If nothing else, it will ensure even more of a pantomime atmosphere.

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