The Manchester City player Samir Nasri has claimed that the long delay in offering him a new Arsenal contract convinced him that he wasn’t wanted at the Emirates. Nasri, it would be recalled, left London in acrimonious fashion back in August, 2011.
The 26-year old attacking midfielder joined Arsenal in 2008 for a reported 12 million pounds. Upon joining the club, Nasri disclosed that Wenger was the main reason for his move to England.
‘The fact that Arsene Wenger gives great opportunities to young players is very important for me,’ he said at the time, ‘Arsene has a great reputation and he is one of the best managers in the world.’ Wenger had been scouting the Frenchman since he was 16 at Marseille’s youth academy.
At the end of the 2010-11 season, Nasri’s breakthrough season, he transferred to Manchester City for 24 million pounds amidst anger from the Arsenal fans. They felt betrayed and declared him public enemy number one.
In a recent interview, Nasri revealed that it was not his decision at all. ‘What happened is this” he said. It was my best season with Arsenal. We were in October (2010) and the manager asked me whether I wanted to stay at Arsenal. “Yes, I want to stay at Arsenal.” I said. ‘We wait, we wait, we wait. We arrived in June; I have one year left on my contract.’
Manchester United were also interested in the Frenchman but he claims to have rejected their offer in favour of their city rivals.