Ex-Arsenal midfielder ‘considered’ return to club
Former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri looked into the possibility of re-joining his former club, it has emerged.
Nasri, who famously admitted that he will always be an Arsenal fan, has kept in close contact with his ‘second father’ and Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger since joining Manchester City in a £24 million deal last summer.
French tactician Wenger keeps in touch with many of his former players, especially fellow compatriots such as Nasri with whom he had built up a close relationship with during the Frenchman’s three years in North London.
25-year-old Nasri justified his reasons for leaving Arsenal last season as City went on to win the Barclays Premier League title, although the ex-Marseille midfielder hasn’t been involved as much as he would have liked so far this campaign due to injury problems.
Creative midfielder Nasri flourished under the guidance of Wenger and bagged fifteen goals and five assists in his final full season at the club and still misses many of his former team-mates, along with his old Hampstead-based mansion.
His relationship with City boss Roberto Mancini is also reportedly ‘strained’ after the Italian criticised Nasri for ducking out of the way of Robin van Persie’s free-kick winner in the Manchester derby last Sunday.
A return to Arsenal is highly unlikely because of Nasri’s £180,000-a-week wage demands, City’s reluctance to strengthen a ‘rival’, added to the fact that many Arsenal supporters still feel resentment over the circumstances in which he left the club.
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