After emerging from the Marseille youth academy, Nasri made his name during three seasons in the first team at Stade Velodrome before being brought to London in 2008 for £15.8m by Arsène Wenger.
Although Nasri might not be in the good books of Arsenal fans after making inciting comments when Manchester City won the league, he still has huge respect for Arsene Wenger.
Over the years, alot of players have for one reason or the other exit the Emirates but not very many of them grant the press close up interviews revealing their situation before and after their exit. In an interview with The Telegraph, the French midfielder admits he is excited Arsenal is on the verge of winning a trophy after eight years and believes Arsene Wenger was key to the player he is today.
“Arsene is my football father. 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.
Although, Nasri claims he is a huge fan of Chelsea’s boss Jose Mourinho, he very much feels the Portuguese got it all wrong calling Wenger a “specialist in failure”. Nasri believes the Arsenal we have today was because of Wenger ans has urged Arsenal fans to stay behind a manager who has helped them when they needed him to.
“I am a big fan of Jose Mourinho. I like him when he goes into the press conference, the way he talks, but what he said about Arsene is really disrespectful. Arsenal is Arsene. He changed the club. You cannot call him ‘a specialist in failure’. Everyone needs to calm down, even the Arsenal fans because they are really mean with him. ‘In Arsene We Trust’. That’s what they said. They should do it.’’
Nasri went on saying the major reason for his move to the blue side of Manchester was for the urge to win trophies although admitting the move also had a big impact on his life financially.
“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.’
“The problem was the (new) stadium. They didn’t have the money to buy the players. Arsene is a straight guy. He can see into the future. He didn’t want to be penalised by Financial Fair Play so he wanted to stay by the rules and not living by debt. This year everything has been paid. He’s just paid €50m for Mesut Ozil. In the future, he will do it.’
All this coming from a player who left us in a very trying time with he himself admitting that the club had financial difficulties.
Too many words from the Frenchman. One would wonder; is he trying to once again win the heart of Arsenal fans by showing his support to the manager and in our pursuit for the FA Cup?