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Samir Nasri Should Know Better

Long gone are the days when slipping on a club shirt and putting your blood, sweat and tears into a match was the ultimate dream of every professional footballer, and for a good number of non-professional players too! The biggest figures in modern football always seem to be in the papers for the wrong reasons. The common factor? Money!  Yes, we’re talking about the fact that footballers are after  money and are now playing the ‘beautiful game’ for the cash and not the glory.

Coming into our beloved club Arsenal,  where it hurts to see our best players go because of  their greed!  Players who want to leave Arsenal,  never learn their lesson from previous players!  Alexander Hleb was an excellent player at Arsenal.  He was in a different class of his own and was on top form. Then, he popped out when  Barcelona came knocking for his services!  Now where is this gentleman? If I may ask. He can’t even get a starting place at a relegated Birmingham City.

Another of such is a certain Emmanuel Adebayor who went to  Manchester City and couldn’t manage to retain the form he had when he was at Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini, was in the French squad at his time in Arsenal. He was a promising and talented midfielder, a power house back then, but lost it all at AC Milan.

Coming over to Samir Nasri wanting to leave Arsenal,  I doubt that he has learned any lesson from past Arsenal players. Yes, class is permanent,  but also know that form is temporary. I am still yet to see a player with the class and ability of the great Brazilian, Ronaldinho, this guy was termed as “The Unmistakable” in FIFA ’08,  but lost all that form by the time he joined AC Milan and now he is nowhere to be found in the present world of football. Samir Nasri should take note that this is a two times world player of the year. Ricardo Kaka is another player that left for the big bucks to Real Madrid after getting the world footballer of the year in 2007,  but failed to beat the young Ozil for a starting place.

So Nasri, the choice is yours to make!

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  1. Benson Dotun

    July 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    …I think he really need to learn from the likes of Hleb nd Flamini

  2. rickthegooner

    July 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    If Samir want out then let him. £20 mil for a year on his contract is good business. Or it would be if you could trust Mr Wenger to re-invest it straight away !!!! We should be demanding someones head for letting the contract situation get to that state. Bring back David Dein !!!!

    • Mannix

      July 10, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      Arsenal is greedy as a club than its funs wants to accept, I was Arsenal die hard fans until the end of this season I came with the term that my beloved club I’d a crap that use their loyal fans & players to make a lot of money which neither benefits me or our best players like Nasri & others. The reason u r parting ways with Nasri is only 20m which ur manager is ready to let go of him rather than use money to strengthen the team. Believe u me Wenger will not replace this players u want them go but wandering around windows to buy time for shopping to be closed then apologize & promise to strengthen team during January which would never happened. Am sorry for my fellow gooners abandoned the sinking ship I quit & officially joining Man City. I wish u all the best.

      • nasri

        July 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm

        Glory hunter.

        • kp

          July 10, 2011 at 8:43 pm

          Biggest glory seeker… First learn how to speak English.. second learn arsenal …. Third respect wenger … If yr so wise and clever who’s the best replacement for him and his style of football … Dont say guardiola he inherited that squad….

  3. Frank McLintock

    July 10, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Very true. No matter, when Thierry comes to town in 2 weeks, he will put the record straight for any player who thinks a move away might improve his footballing career.
    I personally believe that Nasri will soon sign a new deal once he feels safe in the knowledge that we are not planning to but that we are going to win the PL next year and go that extra tiny bit of distance with the 2 or 3 players Nasri wants to see arriving.
    Don’t slag off the guy Gunners, he has been exemplary in all this so far having said that he would not leave for the money and that we, yes Arsenal played the best football last year!
    It’s going to be a great season.

  4. Tom

    July 10, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    You fail to mention the likes of Henry and Viera who flourished after leaving Arsenal. Nasri would be joining a better club with a winning mentality in Manchester United. The lad is sick of playing aimless ‘pretty’ football and wants to win something.

    Have a heart and give the lad a chance. He just wants to make a success of his career.

    • Lala

      July 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm

      @Tom, Henry and Viera are exceptions because they were well and fully developed. They got the experience and won trophies for Arsenal playing ‘aimless pretty’ football. Arsenal have not won anything because of the greed of these players and the injuries to the first eleven. Thought Scholes was the only one with a tiny IQ not to figure that out. Barca without their top eleven playing ‘aimless pretty’ football will fail.

      • Tom

        July 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

        The Arsenal of 2004 did not play ‘aimless pretty football’ but were an exceptional team. They had style but also guts and were more direct and clinical than the current team.

        A team the size of Arsenal cannot use injuries as an excuse. Every team suffers injuries but at the difficult times some have an ability to stagger through better than others.

    • rickthegooner

      July 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm


      I fail to see how Viera flourished after he left us !!!! His 1st team was relegated and since then he has spent the vast amount of his time warming various benches !!! Hardly the heights of his Arsenal achievements !!!
      TH14 won some things with Barca, but as a bit part player not the main man !!!!!

      • Hendthis

        July 10, 2011 at 2:17 pm


        Vieira and Henry weren’t as successful and as impressive when they were in Juventus (Fabregas shone better during champions league) and Barcelona respectively. Henry wasn’t a key player back then

    • Kyle

      July 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      Henry didn’t flourish… we went to Barcelona for three years and strougled to get a game before being sold to NY Red Bulls, a crappy american team, He even admitts leaving Arsenal was a HUGE mistake.

    • Mannix

      July 10, 2011 at 3:18 pm

      Tom tell this gooners to wake up & face the truth. Wenger is the idiots in football history than anyone accused of child labor n trafficking. Let’s. Nasri go where he can win something than stick to a club which wins nothing & pay penutt, at the end of the day they will use u & dump u just like Pires, kanu & viera. Go son b4 it’s too let.

  5. Nani yusuf-abdulrasaq

    July 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I believe samir nasri will get more improved only if he choose the right team like manchester united.He’s going to be a great player at united,even i foreseen him to contest at world top level with the likes of CR7,Messi and kaka only if the young man is allowed by wenger to get his move to the theatre of dream.

  6. chido lag

    July 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    it baffles me that players who are sandled with the responsibility of wiining trophy for their clubs,will want out when they failed to deliver. Media is calling for AW’s head.instead of the players he has trusted over the years.One thing is certain,no player is bigger than his club. I f Nasri wants to move on he should go ahead because so far am concerned, he’s only had only good 6 months in Arsenal colour which first half of last season.

    • Mark Marianek

      July 10, 2011 at 11:47 pm

      I concur. I am tired of players who switch teams because they “want to win.” If Nasri wanted to win, he sure didn’t show it the second half of last season. Does he want to win and is willing to do whatever it takes to win? Or, does he want to be carried over the finish line by others?

  7. vyas

    July 10, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    @author….being a united fan i would love nasri to come..i have to agree on a few points u made..agreed flamini was a powerhouse and is nowhere now!…but nasri is 24 and still has a long way to go in his career…i understand ur feelings as ur bitter at being betrayed..but little biased here…look at CANTONA..what happend to HENRY(juve 1st)..THURAM…ZIDANE..makelele..these are all french and yet they shone where they played..not all fail…hell when figo did the unthinkable…he was a beast at madrid…the simple underlying fact is that he has won nothing for 6 years..and sorry my friend its time that HE KNOWS BEST>>MOVIN ON

    • Lala

      July 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm

      Man U fans are jokers. Sing the same song, “come over and win trophies”, like it is a birthright. Honestly, the old Trafford glory days are coming to an end. A smart footballer will know that.

      • maad

        July 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm


      • Kev

        July 10, 2011 at 6:17 pm

        U idiot. 2nd biggest sporting brand in the world (after ny Yankees).
        New spending rules will only strengthen our position as our turnover is huge in comparison to other English clubs. Only madrid n barca are on a similar level. Fact, not opinion.

        • barca4life

          July 11, 2011 at 7:27 am

          ur 100% rite kevin manutd barca n madrid r at the top, arse-anals r stupid thinkn ffp is guna hav any affect on those 3teams wata joker n a loser

  8. Smnrrr

    July 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    That’s a bit unfair on Kaka. he didn’t want to leave Milan but they had fuck all money so he did them a favour. Remember he didn’t go to Man city who offered him insane money, even more than Madrid did. It also comes down to playing for a prestigious club. Kaka wanted to stay in Milan, when he was moved on he moved to one of the other most historically significant clubs in the world instead of some rich fakers that have to buy success.
    Otherwise I agree with you, do any/Many of Man City’s players give a rats about Man City? Yaya Toure stated he wanted to go back to Barca as soon as he arrived at City, Robinho never wanted to go there and made a gaff in a press conference saying he wanted to sign for Chelsea, Adebayor constantly flirts with every club that might give his ego the massage it wants

  9. abc

    July 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    A small matter of a £5m signing on fee and £10m a year will soften the blow, i am sure! Foreign Footballers in the main are mercenaries. Even British Footballers in the main, do not have the loyalty factor anymore. The salaries are so sick, that it would test anyones loyalty, even Sir Tony Adams would have had his head turned in today’s arena and i dont mean if someone had offered him a beer!!

  10. Smnrrr

    July 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    That said I would rather see him fail at City than ever go to United. He said he would never have left Marseille for PSG as they are rivals yet he would happily go to United, who most Arsenal fans hate almost as much if not as much as Spurs. It’s almost Adebuywhore all over again. If he doesn’t sign a new contract he would be better off going abroad for the amount of abuse he would probably get. I remember seeing Arsenal vs Man City a couple of seasons ago at the Emirates and almost felt sorry for Adebayor for the level of abuse he was taking. But then I remembered he deserved it.

  11. Ikem Ojekwe. Lagos

    July 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    U guýz are all talk’n about the players that didnt make it when theý left ur club, What of the likes of Ashly Cole that has won countles of trophy’s? & Henry that has won the Champions Leauge that has eluded him for years? If they were stil with Arsenal, what would have been there faith?. I don’t see Arsenal with any trophy in years to come bcos their squard is poor & weak. Nasri, move on bcos Wenger is busy mak’n money for the share holder’s…. He has lost the taste of trophies.

    • Lala

      July 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      You are so clueless. Are you still watching black and White TV down there. Be objective. Are you not talking about the invisibles here

  12. Arvindo

    July 10, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Wait, do any of you actually watch Serie A? Flamini is still a tough tackling and tenacious midfielder. He was a key part in Milan winning their first Serie A title after 6 years. Please do not say he ‘lost’ it all. Just because the French selectors aren’t smart enough to call him up, doesn’t mean he sucks.

    • Trevor

      July 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm

      Yes, I completely agree with your comment. It’s very obvious that Flamini was an integral part in Milan’s midfield for the last 2 seasons. He even scored a very important goal on the way to helping Milan achieve the Serie A title. His energetic presence in midfield has helped Milan overcome many oppositions including Inter. Do not judge Flamini based on his first season at Via Turati.

    • Kev

      July 10, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      Good point.
      Why arsenal expect to win anything in the same league as utd and Chelsea is beyond me.
      Their fans should kiss wengers ass for gettin em champions league every year.
      AC Milan are a much bigger, better and more successfull club than arsenal.
      Man utd are the only club in England bigger the ac Milan.
      That is a fact. It can be verified on google easily, so anyone who argues is a utter fool.

  13. Sam

    July 10, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    For every Hleb there’s an Ashley cole.

    Nasri was Arsenal’s best player last season and none of the other players put in as much effort as him, if he wants to move to a club that is rapidly improving fair enough. Blaming it on greed is just lazy.

    • Dutchgunner

      July 10, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      Rvp played half a season and did more than nasri all season. Where was nasri after January when we needed players to step up? He dint have a goal or assist for a couple months

  14. Equalizer

    July 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    wait, henry was an absolute key player in his last season at barca. the henry, eto’o and messi strikeforce scored bucketloads of goals that season.

  15. neil

    July 10, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Despite all negative media comment, Arsenal remain the best football club in the game.
    So many confuse club with team, there are two different words, because they are two different things.
    It’s a sad fact that so many commentators think that trying to run your club properly is a reason to ridicule, when it is just doing the right thing.
    The advent of the Premier League was the beginning of the end of football as a sport, now it’s just becoming a money league.
    If a player like Nasri is really dissatisfied with lack of silverware, he could help himself by taking a long look in a mirror. Missing two one on ones away at Bolton to give Arsenal the lead,failures in front of goal in carling Cup Final. Obviously he takes no responsibility for these failures, it’s all the Club’s fault! WAKE UP SAMIR YOU were part of the team that failed!!

    • Kev

      July 10, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      Best club in the world?!? Idiot.
      Highest prices ripping off fans, lack of investment , players wanting to leave (for last decade).
      The only good thing about arsenal is arsene wenger. He’s a legend.

    • mike pearson

      July 10, 2011 at 8:25 pm

      couldn’t agree with Kev anymore, Neil should realise a footballers career is very short, u can’t criticise a player for wanting to move to a club like Man Utd were he WILL certainly win trophies. In all fairness i can’t see him winning anything major at Arsenal when the other big teams are getting stronger and Arsenal seem to be getting weaker.

  16. Rahul

    July 10, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    @writer of this silly article. Ronaldinho was called unmistakeable, meaning u cannot mistake hid identity!

  17. Kev

    July 10, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    He’s at an important cross road in his career. If he stays at arsenal, he shows loyalty but lacks ambition. If he goes to city, he is a money grabbing merc, who will regret it like tevez, yaya , ballatelli, Milner etc.
    If he joins united he WILL DEFINITELY win trophies, and have a great chance of fully realising his potential.
    It doesn’t matter if arsenal fans like it. Manchester united, real Madrid and barcalona are the 3 biggest clubs in the world. It is a step up.

  18. LB

    July 10, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    This is so funny…you are comparing Nasri with Ronaldinho…

  19. bronx

    July 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    @ikem,i thnk ur a f**ken moron.only ur comments ere wer off d mark.i thnk nasri wil win trophies if he goes to united,bt he wil set of sth,an hatred he wont like…jus like adebayor been a good player and all,bt stil rgrets.i jus feel if he wnts to go,let him say it so we cn move on…..was jus wnderin wen dd it start? Footballers holdin their clubs to ransome…considering arsenal made him.

  20. jamie

    July 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    Yes but he would be going to man utd. A better side then the gunners. And more chance to win stuff.

    Sour grapes i think by gunners fans

  21. kevafc10

    July 10, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    The days of players showing loyalty to clubs are gone. nasri should be sold to the highest bidder! 4 months doesn’t make a player! Hes not in the same league as bobby and freddie were!! At least when needed they were able to step up to the plate!! so he can f**k right off!!!

  22. mike pearson

    July 10, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I agree with some of the comments made here, however i myself am a huge Manutd fan and i have no doubt if Samir Nasri joins us, the mighty SAF will turn this lad into an absolute world beater.. he will certainly not flop as this post suggests!!

  23. Mega Maggs

    July 10, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    I passiontely hate arsenal and I have my reasons.

    Don’t feel sorry for them for not winning any trophies for the past 6 years. It all AW’s fault. Arsenal don’t care about football they just care about money. I recently read that Arsenal have a salary cap that they refuse to go over…. In 2011?? Who the hell do they think they are! Especially in their position. We all know that footballer get way to much money as it is but that’s part of the game now and you have to get on with. When all that talk was goin on about rooney leaving AF took no chances and gave him a 250K a week contract. You may think that we lost the arguement but we didn’t! We kept him and went on to win the league!
    Last year AW had £30M left over didn’t… Blame him! Bring on the 2011/2012 season!!! And oh yeah we’re not begging for nasri bcos we have ashley young now. We can put either valencia, young or nani in the middle and take out one of the three to put in the middle. 🙂

  24. Mega Maggs

    July 10, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    Sorry lol… Last year AW had £30M left over to spend on the transfer market but didn’t! U can buy a world class player with that £30M

  25. Pablo Rodriguez

    July 11, 2011 at 6:23 am

    Nasri wants glory and frankly he looks over at Robin Van Persie with his sixth titless season with arsenal. Nasri wont win a title as long as Arsenal plays how it plays. They seem to decieve sometimes playing beautiful football but championships are the difference in a players career


    July 11, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Arsenal is so different from other Clubs and so does other clubs from others. Being good at Arsenal doesn’t garrant u a place in either Man City or Man United. Nasri get a learning from Helb,Flamini,Adebayor,Dihno,Bihno and Kaka. Remember any player can always stop at Arsenal but Arsenal will never stop at any player or even Wenger himself. You can actually leave if Money is your problem or Stay for Fame. Goodluck Sammy

  27. JunichiB

    July 11, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Well, the issue for Flamini is that he played for an italien club which was the kind of criteria that eliminated you under Domenech (same for Trezeguet and Mexes who will be Blanc’s captain…)

  28. Kev

    July 11, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Looks like nasri is going to city from what fergie has just said.
    It’s sad that arsenal r losing players to city.
    I don’t understand the arsenal fans that say “I’d rather him join city than utd”. I would imagine if I supported arsenal I could stomach losing players to utd, barca and real, they r the 3 biggest clubs in the world. But not city.

  29. Artemius

    July 14, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I like how this guy makes Milan sound like a rubbish dump with the Ronaldinho and Flamini comments. For your information: Arsenal have not won anything for 6-7 years. Milan last won the champions league in 2007 and the Serie A in 2011(which Flamini was a BIG part of) and are continuing to strengthen their squad. Ronaldinho is flourishing back in Brazil, where all the Brazilians come from, not a “nowhere” in the footballing world. The writer knows absolutely nothing about football.

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