Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has appeared on French TV this afternoon, explaining to BeIN Sport the reasons for why he left Arsenal.
In quotes that will likely enrage Arsenal fans even more towards Nasri, arguably the most hated opposition player at the Emirates currently, the French midfielder described his exit from the north London giants in August 2011.
Nasri said: “I don’t regret leaving Arsenal. I won the league while Arsenal have difficulty to finish fourth.”
On the behind the scenes discussions, Nasri added: “Wenger told me that if Cesc [Fabregas] left, I would stay, but [Stan] Kroenke wanted the money. I had one year left & decided to go.”
And, on former boss Arsene Wenger, Nasri said: “Wenger is the best coach I’ve worked with. He’s the one who understood me the most & made me the player I am. I’m thankful.”
The French midfielder also laughed at recent quotes from Roberto Mancini during the interview. The City boss had said “I would like to give him a punch, because a player like him should play like this always,” after the win over Newcastle.
Quotes via @LeFrenchGooner – when video arrives, we will add in…
Footage of Arsenal fans abusing Samir Nasri outside the Emirates before the home defeat to Manchester City is below. Background article here.