Nasri Plays Last Match for Arsenal

Samir Nasri Says Goodbye to Arsenal

Arsenal has now lost Samir Nasri as well as Cesc Fagregas. Nasri played his last match as a Arsenal Gunner during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium on August 20, 2011 in London, England.

Man City wrapped up their last major move of the transfer window by handing the 24-year old French star, Nasri, a four-year contract at £185,000-a-week. 

‘The fans remind me of Marseille. Arsenal have good fans but they are not that passionate since they moved from Highbury to the Emirates.

‘I remember when we lost 3-0 to City the crowd was amazing and that’s what I want. I’m here to play football and to enjoy it and to win titles.

‘It’s a big relief because there were long, long negotiations between the two clubs. Now I’m finally a City player and I’m really happy.

‘I was a little a bit frustrated because I said to the manager that I wanted to leave. I wanted to do pre-season with Manchester City and to meet my new team-mates. It’s a new start and I’m looking forward to it.’

‘I spoke with Gael Clichy and Kolo Toure a lot and with Patrick. It was important to get advice from players at the club and they know the difference between Arsenal and Manchester City.

‘Patrick said City is the place to be because they are the club of the future and they want to win everything.’

‘When you arrive at the club you want to play with big players and the first game Aguero played he scored twice and made an assist.

‘I love that kind of player, they are not tall, they are like me!  They have quick feet and good technique and when you play with players like this you are looking to have a connection with them.’

Nasri played his final game for Arsenal against Liverpool over the weekend.

‘I wanted to play because I’m not good at negotiations, I have an agent who has the qualities to do that. I just want to play.

‘The pre-season was hard because the last few games I didn’t play because the manager wanted to prepare his side for the Premier League.  When I saw that the deal was happening, I said to Arsene that I wanted to play [against Liverpool].’

Boss Roberto Mancini said, ‘He’s a fantastic player because he has technique, he has mentality.

‘I knew him when he played for Marseille. I followed him when I was at Inter and we wanted to take him five years ago.

‘But I think in the last few years in the Premier League he’s improved a lot. Now I think he’s a top player.’

The fee paid for the midfielder was not announced but the fee is es timated at aronnd £25 million rising to £30 million.

Nasri who had less the a year left on his Arsenal contract joined the Reds back in 2008 from Marseille for around £12 million.

Wenger said, “We did not want to lose Fabregas, but we were forced into a situation we didn’t want. Nasri is a situation where the player didn’t want to extend his contract with the proposals he had somewhere else. What kind of commitment can you have when the player is not there long-term? That is the question you have to answer.

“Football rules are made like that, that the player can be worth a lot of money today and nothing in six months so it doesn’t look completely logical but, at the end of the day, of course, we are forced into a decision like that for psychological and financial reasons.

“I am a realist so I have no illusions. It’s part of the modern life of a professional football player. It’s not that by coincidence that everybody suddenly lands at Man City.”

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