French midfielder Samir Nasri has today opened up on some of his former managers and teammates in a revealing interview with Canal+.
Nasri, who frustrated fans in England due to his questionable attitude both on and off the pitch, arrived at Arsenal from Marseille for £14 million in 2008.
He was regarded as one of the finest talents in Ligue 1 for a number of years before making the move to North London, and took little time to showcase exactly why at the Emirates.
His brilliant touch, dribbling ability, eye for goal and penchant for the spectacular saw the attacking midfielder form a formidable partnership alongside Cesc Fabregas for the Gunners, while he was awarded for his excellent form with the award for French player of the year in 2010.
On the move
However, while his abilities on the pitch were never in question, outlets in France had warned of Nasri’s controversial streak, a trait which was fully on show when the gifted star agreed to make the move to Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester City in 2011.
His stint at the Etihad started out in positive fashion, as he helped the Citizens to two Premier League crowns in his first three seasons at the club.
However, more recent campaigns with City saw Nasri’s attitude once again called into question, with the 41-time capped French international eventually sent out on loan to La Liga outfit Sevilla last summer.
He enjoyed a relatively successful stint with the Andalusians, but his return to England this summer led to reports of unrest in the City camp, with a number of the Frenchman’s teammates unhappy with his work-rate and commitment in training.
As a result, Nasri was sold outright to Turkish side Antalyaspor this summer, for a reported fee of just 3.5 million Euro.
Speaking in an interview with French outlet Canal+ today, Nasri was questioned on some of the characters of note from his career, with the 30-year-old typically honest in his responses.
The interview is in French, so here’s a translation for the questions and answers, with the video linked below:
Best moment of his career : winning the first title with Man City
Worst moment of his career : his injury two years ago (missed 6 months and CL semi vs Real madrid)
Best memory with Marseille : his first match and his last goal during his last match
Worst memory with Marseille : when he was struck down with meningitis
The coach he liked the most : Wenger and Sampaoli
The coach he liked the least : Didier Deschamps
The teammate he liked the most to play with : Yaya Touré
Most overrated player he played with : Balotelli