“I want Arsenal to win the FA Cup”, says former midfielder Nasri
Ex-Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed that he wants the Gunners to win this season’s FA Cup trophy – for manager Arsene Wenger.
Wenger brought Nasri to the Premier League from Marseille and the French midfielder spent three years at Emirates Stadium before moving to Manchester City in 2011.
Creative midfielder Nasri flourished under the guidance of Wenger and bagged fifteen goals and five assists in his final full season at the club.
The Gunners have a chance to win their first trophy for almost 9 years next month and 26-year-old Nasri insists that he wants the club to succeed because of his former mentor.
“Arsene is my football father”, Nasri told the Telegraph.
“He took me from France, made me the player I am, made me believe about my quality. He was great for me. I am pleased Arsenal are in the final of the FA Cup. I hope they win.
“I might have a problem with Arsenal fans because of the way they treat me but I just want Arsene to win a trophy because he doesn’t deserve everything that has been said about him.”
Nasri moved to City three years ago for around £24m after negotiations over a new contract with Arsenal broke down.
The Frenchman says that money did play a big part in his decision to leave north London, but it wasn’t his priority.
“Yes, economically I have a better life now than what I had at Arsenal. It’s normal. If I said to you tomorrow that there is another journal, as serious as your journal, offer you three times your salary, I think you are going to go there!’ But my first motive was to win trophies.
“I stay at Arsenal at the same time we sell Fabregas, who was our best player. I had the discussion with the manager. I said: ‘Cesc is going, who we are going to take?’ Then he told me the name of some players that he was going to take. No disrespect to them but they were not the standing of Fabregas to win a trophy.”