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The Reason Samir Nasri Want’s Man Utd Move….And It’s Not Trophies!

It started in the gossip columns; Manchester United wanted Arsenal’s Samir Nasri and would do as much as possible to cause unrest among Arsenal and the player, to persuade him to move. With only 12 months on his contract, and a reluctance to sign a ne…

It started in the gossip columns; Manchester United wanted Arsenal’s Samir Nasri and would do as much as possible to cause unrest among Arsenal and the player, to persuade him to move. With only 12 months on his contract, and a reluctance to sign a new deal, it seemed possible, but it was all just rumours, and Wenger announced that he would certainly not sell the player to United. Now however, it seems things have changed, with even the Independent claiming that United have “begun talks” with Nasri’s representatives.

I was shocked at first, as I was sure that it was nothing but a little humorous speculation which would irritate Arsenal fans, while Nasri would just hold out for a better Arsenal deal. But now it looks as if a deal really is on, which would see Nasri cross a line that would turn Nasri from a “prince”, to a “king” as his French compatriot, Patrice Evra put it.

There is a huge rivalry between United and Arsenal, obviously not a local one, but one between two title challenging sides, two big, globally renowned football clubs, and you would have to ask, why would Nasri do it? Well, the immediately obvious answer seems clear: he wants to win trophies. So far in his Arsenal career, he has not won a single trophy, and has always had to settle for second best. Patience is clearly key in Wenger’s long term plan, but for top players who have careers lasting on average around 15-20 years, trophies are a virtue, and Nasri knows United can provide him with that.

Since Nasri joined Arsenal in 2008 for the 08-09 season, Manchester United have won two Premier League trophies and two League cup trophies, while Arsenal have seen no silverware caress their hands at all. It is frustrating for everyone involved at the club, and a player like Nasri who has clear quality and could cut it in any Premier League side, understandably has a competitive hunger for trophies. But there may also be another reason he wants out of Arsenal.

Nasri has been played out of position for a large part of this season. Thanks to Cesc Fabregas and Jack Wilshere’s progress together in the middle, Nasri has been forced out wide. At the start of the season, Nasri clearly didn’t have a problem with turning the role into a personally successful one, emerging as Arsenal’s best, most effective and influential players in that half of the season. But he made no bones about telling everyone where his favoured position is. Nasri has said:

“That’s where I play best, that’s how I was formed. In every age group at youth level, I often played through the middle. I’ve been playing out wide for two years with Arsenal but feel more at ease in the centre of the pitch.”

The chalkboard here is a clear example of Nasri’s frustrations as a winger. Starting out wide against Fulham obviously did not impress Nasri, who came inside frequently into his preferred position playing in and around the penalty area, creating chances from the middle.

It may be no coincidence that other Arsenal player played out of position such as Arshavin and Bendtner are looking to leave the club (in Arshavin’s case, rumoured to want to leave) too.

Can Manchester United give Nasri what he wants? Yes. Their search for Paul Scholes’s replacement would surely be over if the Frenchman joined United. Nasri has shown that he is a very stylish and intelligent play maker in the middle, possessing formidable vision that Scholes absolutely possessed. Lets not draw comparisons between the two, as it simply wouldn’t be fair, but Nasri does seem a natural replacement for the Englishman.

After spending a packet on Phil Jones and a load on Ashley Young too, Sir Alex will pleasantly welcome Nasri’s signing, which the Independent quoted to be worth only £8 million. This seems unrealistic considering the two clubs involved and Arsenal’s reluctance to let him go to Manchester United, but with only a year left on his contract, they surely do not want to risk him leaving for free.

If Nasri wants to win trophies, and if he wants to play in his favoured central position, then Manchester United is the place to be. It is just down to him now.

Tell me what you think!

Submitted by DBSFootball




  1. William

    June 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I’m no arsenal fan but I think cesc Fabregas would be very silly to leave arsenal. Let’s think about it, he isn’t going to get a game as long as xavi and iniesta stay fit. Better to stay at arsenal and at least get a game. As for nasri he should definitely move to united as he’ll actually start winning trophies.

  2. gooner

    June 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    shut up william u sonofabitch!

  3. Rick

    June 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    worst 2 mins i ever spent

    • Kev

      June 12, 2011 at 5:10 pm

      2 mins to read that!!!
      I guess you dont read books then?

  4. TheFamousClassOf92

    June 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I personly don think Nasri is the ideal replacement for Scholes. Nasri is an attacking minded footballer. United need a defensive midfielder, may be De Rossi!

    • californiaconor

      June 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm

      They have a great defensive midfielder when he’s healthy; Darren Fletcher.

  5. Himrod

    June 11, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    Want’s? Feck off, idiot…

    • DBSFootball

      June 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm

      Again, I didn’t write that, it was footballtallk, not me.

    • Kev

      June 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      He’s made it clear he wants 2 join us.

  6. dave

    June 11, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    guys leaf if u want to. hw much trophies as man u wen compare wit dia age of establishmnt,barca stayd 4 more dan 15yrs without trophies. Arsenal are aving dia problems nw soon dis overhauling wil be stay put let heal our beloved.

  7. kennedy

    June 12, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Nasri is a perfect lad for attacking mid in Man U jig zaw. I would love to see Alexis sanchez brought in too. ManU is sleeping in a great tallent for defensive mid, in Rafael. He has what it takes to play as a defensive mid.Any coach can see that. SAF needs to change his staff. Bring in sparky or Rikard who will see him through the retirement and can train Man u players on possessions,ball retension and pacy accurate passes. With these skills we can never lose cheaply like we saw with barcelona. Our lads couldnt just pass the accurately to their mates and also lost it too fast, a disease seen in Roney,carick,gigs almost all of them except Barbatov,Nani and valencia.

  8. jonathan

    June 12, 2011 at 4:38 am

    With Nasri I think that Manchester United will get even better and Nasri will finally win trophies…but if he stay’s with Arsenal he will ruine his carrer because player’s like him need too win silverware and the only place too do that in England is in the city of Manchester…yup 19 league title’s (record) and 3 Champion’s League’s.

    • Speed

      June 13, 2011 at 7:27 pm

      Man U is the best. it help football player to finish their trophies dreams

  9. Arjun

    June 12, 2011 at 5:22 am

    If Nasri moves to United he’ll definitely get to play where he wants, play alongside elite players and win trophies at the same time. Not that Arsenal are bad. Im a United fan and I would definitely love to see the likes of Nasri, Young, Jones, Modric, Adam and Sanchez join the club! DBSFootball has hit right on target with this article!

  10. Brian Chawinga

    June 12, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    Nasri should surely come to United

    • w

      June 13, 2011 at 8:36 am

      ban boufon

    • a

      June 13, 2011 at 8:43 am

      ki should surely come to manchester,liverpool zot geter ban boufon nou mem nou pu prend laleague NEXT SEASON

  11. Kev

    June 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    Nasri should definitely join us.
    I’m sick of seeing the 7 shirt on Owens back.
    I don’t mind Owen anymore, he makes me smile with his recent comments, but he shouldn’t have that shirt.
    Nasri is the type of player that should have it.

  12. C

    June 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    Great article. I also figured this was a reason for his interest in leaving, Sell Cesc and move nasri to the middle.

    • DBSFootball

      June 13, 2011 at 1:56 am

      Thanks very much, much appreciated.

  13. Renu

    June 12, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    Do we need trouble makers? Send him to ManC. We win as a team and that should never be compromised for some bargain deals. There are loads of talented kids who would bleed ManU

  14. a

    June 13, 2011 at 8:51 am

    Liverpool 5 champions league vin bat nou ladan ban boufon acheter larbite mem zot apres 19 league ban boufon UNT

  15. Joshua

    June 13, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Nasri should not live Arsenal

    • Joe

      June 14, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      Here, let me correct that.

      Joshua says:
      Nasri should not live anywhere near Arsenal

      • chukrt

        July 6, 2011 at 8:17 pm

        yeah i agree with u

  16. Arsenal Hater

    June 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Arsenal is not a team, they not experience team, they are confused players who are convince by manager Gunner, he told them to be “patient” on the other hand, he look for more young players exacly the samen potition as Nasri and other players. Nasri can see that after 3 years in Arsenal, and he REACT for what is good for him! Now all of arsenal fans and manchester united i say you ” Manchester United is ONE always will be” and fuck you Arsenal fans, all of you.

  17. Stanley

    June 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    OK now i think that if Nasri gets to manchester united he will get all he wants because if he continus to stay at Arsenal he will not because if he will he would have so he should try United and see if his lucky is there thanks am Satnley

  18. Izak

    July 10, 2011 at 8:17 am

    If trouhies and a central midfield position are what Nasri thirsts for, he’ll get them at United seeing as they are looking for a player to take up that very position. Rivalries aside, its whats best for tha player.

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  20. GUNNER

    July 24, 2011 at 4:06 pm


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