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I Don’t Care If Nasri Leaves Arsenal

I don’t care if Samir Nasri leaves. Yes, I would definitely have him stay, but if the bloke does choose to leave, it would make no difference to me. Now I completely understand that players, just like us are human beings, and even they need to support themselves and their family. But one very crucial […]

I don’t care if Samir Nasri leaves Arsenal. Yes, I would definitely have him stay, but if the bloke does choose to leave, it would make no difference to me. Now I completely understand that players, just like us are human beings, and they need to support themselves and their family. But one very crucial factor here is that as footballers they touch the hearts of millions around the world. And therfore they have to be careful about their actions.

I have spoken to a few people about Nasri’s contract details and in short this is what I understood. The French-man was offered  90,000 pounds a week from Arsenal, and this was the clubs first offer. Mind you, 90,000 pounds a week is the same amount RVP gets at Arsenal. Nasri was offered this at first, he sat on it, waited and then refused it. After doing that he came out with this statement :

“Money has never been my motivation. I have always taken my decisions from a football point of view,”

“I don’t want to sign for a club where I wouldn’t be playing the football that I like, where I wouldn’t feel happy, just for the sake of money. We already earn huge wages. The priority is to make a big career and to win titles. This is more important than everything else. I know the value and the meaning of money.

“With no titles under your belt, you can’t be in the list for the Ballon D’Or. I came to England to get trophies because I haven’t won anything in my career, apart from an Under-17 European Championship in 2004.

“We all need to get out of our comfort zone to grow up and test ourselves.”

The player gave  a lot to the club last season. He, for the first half of the season was not only Arsenal’s star man but also a strong contender for player of the season. Then suddenly after the Carling Cup final, everything began to breakdown for him. Nasri’s performance as a player started becoming average, and he was no longer the Sam of the earlier part of the 2010-2011 season.

Yes, contract talks between the player and the club did stall for a while. But, then they resumed with the club offering the same wages as Cesc Fabregas – 110,000 pounds a week. Rumour has it that  Nasri was looking for 120,000 pounds a week.

After a week or so of negotiation and discussions, in short the club told him ‘this is the last offer, take it or leave it.’ And Nasri said “No.”

The club has shown intent in the transfer market and signed Gervinho, Jenkinson and Chamberlain. And if rumours are suspected to be true, we may get that defender we always wanted after all.

The main  problem with this Nasri situation is that the man BELIEVES that with Arsenal he will win NOTHING. He believes that he has given whatever he could in an Arsenal shirt and that  it is time to move on. It’s quite easy  to understand that the player wants this, once you read his statement.

I don’t want to sign for a club where I wouldn’t be playing the football that I like, where I wouldn’t feel happy, just for the sake of money. We already earn huge wages. The priority is to make a big career and to win titles.

So, if the priority was to make a huge career and win titles, why can it not be Arsenal? Let’s look at the difference. Both Man City and Arsenal can offer you champions league football (I think we can beat Udinese), both are in contention for equal number of trophies, and both are title contenders.

Infact, there are only 2 differences between both sides. That being, one plays boring football and another fantastic football. And the other, and the MOST important difference being that one offers you wages as if its offering a cigarette and one offers you wages as if its offering diamonds.  Man City are willing to pay Nasri 185,000 pounds a week. That is 10,000 pounds  more than Fabregas, Wilshere, and Koscielny combined.

Now it is true that I will feel let-down by Samir if he leaves. Because I actually thought he would stick by this team, a team which needs him a lot. But alas, the world works in enigmatic ways, and if it’s not to be, it just isn’t.

I loved Nasri, the way the player conducted himself throughout the first half of the season, and the way he led this Arsenal team. But now he is just a football player, who plays for Arsenal FC. Not a Gunner, JUST a footballer.

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  1. RedDevil

    August 11, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    If Arsenal played “fantastic football” then he probably wouldn’t be leaving. He like many other decent players which chose to leave your club are leaving because they are not disillusioned by the “fantastic football” hype, they are leaving because they want to win trophies.

    • Ryan

      August 11, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      Why haven’t we won anything? Tactically we are up there, we beat Barca, Chelsea and Utd last season. It’s these same players that come out and run their mouths that are the reason we fade away come the end of the season. THEY lose concentration, THEY are complacent, THEY are the ones that believe in their own hype.

      Nasri will go to City and never play in a big game, like Silva isnt trusted to play in big games, and he’ll end up like ade, Bellamy, silva, Milner, Johnson, etc etc etc.

      Man City cannot handle attacking players, they are used so sparingly it’s ridiculous.

      We haven’t won trophies since the nucleus of this arrogant squad came together – we were yr only challenge before the mass investment in premier league clubs. And we have the one record even utd will never achieve – our unbeaten record.

      If Utd are so high and mighty, why are reading Arsenal news? Because you know that we can beat you and make it look easy unlike anyone else in the league – with our fantastic football as you put it. We beat Barca, they humiliated you. Can’t you stomach that?

      • squirel

        August 11, 2011 at 2:26 pm

        this is the problem with my fellow arsenal fans. there is a crisis at the club and people are pointing the problems out and wat do we do? we go all defensive. fine, we beat barca, man u(which humiliated us by beating us with a team consisting of SEVEN defenders) and chelsea and City. but So what. are u going to pride urselves on 5 games from more than 50 played last season. i dont blame these lads for losing concentration or consistency. they have noone to point that out(Wenger is always making excuses for them) and no one to inspire them to step it up a gear. that is why i think we need a captain more than anything. tell me something, when we are losing or in trouble, how many times do you see Wenger shouting instructions or changing game plan.ZERO times. he can know from the start of the match that we will be in trouble with our current strategy coz the opponent wants to suffocate the midfield but he will still force the only game plan we have coz there is no plan B at arsenal. when we are in trouble Wenger does 1 of 3 things :1) he get animated on the sidelines and starts playing with the turf 2) he starts launching waterbottles 3)he complains to Pat or the linesmen. he will never try to calm the team down. what is that?

        And as for our complaceny, i will also blame that on Wenger because he he has not created a competitive environment. Players know that they are obvious choices for certain games and dont need to work hard for it. even RVP said that he would like to be uncertain of whether or not he will play on a weekend coz he wants competition at the club. Wenger creates that comfort because he is not a no-nonsense manager. he excuses his players and never holds them accountable for their shortcomings.

        And So what if we went undefeated 8 seasons ago. that was EIGHT seasons ago.are u going still going to be bragging about that in 2020 if we remain trophiless till then?
        The only thing beating the big teams last season proved was that we have the players at arsenal to win trophies but we lack the manager to inspire them to perform at their best weak in and weak out. STOP BRAGGING ABOUT STUFF WE ACHIEVED CLOSE 8 YEARS AGO WHEN OTHERS ARE TALKING ABOUT WHAT THEY HAVE NOW. IT MAKES US LOOK PATHETIC

  2. Taiwo

    August 11, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    He know the bitter truth. And it is that Arsene Wenger and the board are not interested in winning silverware. if they are, they know who to sign. They just keep lying to us. if they want to win something jenkinson, gervinho and chamberlain are not the calibre of players they’d buy. Nasri and Clichy are smart and ambituos people for wanting to leave arsenal

    • True gunner

      August 11, 2011 at 1:49 pm

      Man city has no future for him. He was groomed at Arsenal and Arsene brought out the best in him. Not everything can be blamed on wenger. Nasri and other players are equally to blame. Look around only United has the consistency which Arsenal has. Would you want Arsenal to be in any other position ? Trust Arsene. Have to be constructive in criticism. Arsene sure has lined up players and not many people acknowledge the presence of the Rambo he will have a significant season. Trust Wenger and be behind the team . A nasri or cesc will not make any diff leaving. We may stutter but Arsenal will stand up.

  3. laud

    August 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    spot on, he’s nt a GUNNER lyk sum of us who wud do anything 4 d club 2 win, i have supported dis club for 13yrs n watched a decade of games, i must say dis is d most disgraceful squad ever where d captain’s arm band is given 2 fake badge kissers n liars. God save us!

  4. Jay of Mauritius

    August 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Absolutely right. His move is motivated by greed. He is not a Gunner, he is just a footballer. I hope he does not end like Anelka, Hleb or Adebayor.

    If we are able to sign either Mata or Hazard plus either Jagielka or Dann; then we will be hot favourites.

    Long live Arsenal

  5. Deshola

    August 11, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Nasir is not sincere, he is not straight forward. he thought he has gotten everything he want from arsenal. I believe is not a complete player yet…a player of half a season.he played the entire 90 minute of carling cup final, he was part of the problem, he cant single out himself. I wish him well anywhere he want to ply his trade..i hope he wil not regret his action in near future…..hleb, adebayor,flamini, reyes( as case study)

  6. redjessie

    August 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Pure greed. I will not be sorry to see him go. He played poorly in the second part of the season and gave a poor display in the final fiasco against Birmingham. As far as I am concerned Nasri is simply greedy just like Cashley Cole. No onwe player is bigger than the team.

  7. Tank u

    August 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I love nasri to go nd if wenger refuse to let him go nasri should score home dat wl kill arsenal in their champions league

    • Ryan

      August 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      You are an idiot.

      ‘he should score home’ – at least be clear you idiot.

      You are actually saying a player should threaten to score own goals to push thru a move? What a total loser – u probably support spurs!!!

  8. GUN

    August 11, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    Sign Arda turan if we can.

  9. Samuel

    August 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    I stand with nasri 4 his move, money is not everything a player needs, silverware is more important. Man city spent, and ready to spend more. Arsenal my club are jst disapointment 2 fans and d players. First 4 they wil never reach until what gat to be done is done. We re lacking defenders

    • Ryan

      August 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm

      So why is he going to city if it’s not fit money? Why did he turn down the chance to join Utd?

      You say it’s not about money then say ‘city have spent and ready to spend more’

      You are not a true Gooner – no player is bigger than the club. If you support Nasri and not Arsenal, when he leaves, jog on with him.

      • GUNNA

        August 11, 2011 at 5:23 pm

        What it dont understand with wenger is why got rid of JET! JET was arguable the best player in the youth setup and reserves after wilshere became a first team player . all the loan spells have been great for jet blackpool 5 games 3 goals. in cardiff he was a starting player.

  10. Ozil87

    August 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    Fantastic football? LOL, like Mourinho once said “almost winners” is only used by losers.
    I totally understand Nasri, Cesc, Clichy and all the players who want to leave our club.
    Let’s face it, what changed during the summer? Chamberlain, a japanese teenager, and… 2 of our 3 best players leaving! And you don’t care if they leave… We now need a FB, a CB, a DM (Song isn’t reliable), at least one creative OM, and a forward when RVP is injured. Oh yeah, we still have Bendtner and all the dead wood

    Good luck for this season!!

  11. gaya

    August 11, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Loyalty is just a tool used for blackmail. Why should nasri or any player be loyal to Arsenal? Why dont you frown at Theo for not being loyal to Southampton and refuse him coming to the club?
    Do you as a fan feel we can win anything this season? if you dont feel confident then why should Nasri.
    Arsenal claims his working for the long term future of the club and that is the interesting bit because the words long term does not have a date.
    The difference between Arsenal and Man city is that the have a plan for now and it showed by winning the FA cup which if Kolo was still at Arsenal would still be without additional trophy. Even Hleb came back to England and won the carling cup

    • Ryan

      August 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      Kolo is drug cheat and wasn’t given a medal – therefore he didn’t really win the FA Cup. Hleb couldn’t get in to the birmingham team because if his ‘I’m the big shot’ attitude so he hardly counts – does the trophy wins he was present for at Barca count? Even tho he was on the bench the whole time!!

      All you fake fans do not support the club. Just some of our amazing talent.

      And loyalty works both ways. We put Nasri on the map and helped him develop – he has a good half a season and he’s too good for us all of a sudden.

      • squirel

        August 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm

        can people not confuse loyalty and blind faith. there is no loyalty in seeing ur team sinking, knowing the reason why and no wanting to do anything about it because u are afraid to be called disloyal. loyal fans would want to see the best coming out of their club and if it means stepping on the toes of those in charge of it for its betterment, then they are not afraid to be heard. u probably know deep down that there is so much wrong at arsenal but u chose to be silent or in denial. that is not loyalty

  12. LewGooner

    August 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    The main thing that disappoints me is the fact he was kissing the badge for fun at the begining of the season. Thats what made me think he had a real affiliation with the club and I will be pissed if he leaves. Not everone does it at Arsenal, last year was only Fab and JW19 – 2 players we all know love the club.
    All we hear are rumours so there’s no need to slag Samir to the hill, granted he is just another player who is contracted to Arsenal but the main point is ‘he is contracted to arsenal’ so why criticise so much. Surely whilst he is ‘our’ player we should be backing him??? What if Nasri wants to see what players are brought in, like all the fans are demanding? Heck even rooney done it last year.

  13. Gunner Kit

    August 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I share your sentiments entirely.

    From his comments and the rumours, are we to understand that for 120,000 Nasri would’ve BELIEVED Arsenal could win trophies, but for 110,000 he wouldn’t believe? He says ‘it’s not about money’, but it is interesting how his ‘belief’ corresponds to it. 185-200k =MEGA-BELIEF, I guess.

    We can’t take what footballers say too seriously – it’s mostly PR. They reveal themselves through their actions.

  14. Mr P

    August 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    I think Nasri should go. He played well for the first half of the season and now he thinks he is better than us. I think we should accept 20/23 mil now rather than see him walk away for free next year.

    If Arsenal can sign two of either Samba, Cahill, Dann or even Jagielka we would be back up there, put Vermalean at LB and these two at CB with Sagna at RB…Strong defence! Midfield will be okay without Nasri and Fabregas, Get in Mata to replace Fabregas. Also need one striker for when RVP is knakered or injured

  15. johnny

    August 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    if nasri is nt greedy y would 1 2 leave a club who fatastic football who made wat he is 2 city can nt offer him any truphes wit wat der play wit man unite in de coummity share cup why nt work had wit ur club arsenal can win truph dis season. Gunners 4 lyf

  16. Wussey marena

    August 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Everything saying lets fabregas and nasri leave d club,they come and meet and they go an leave as it was arsenal

  17. izzy

    August 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    As an Arsenal fan I have to say that I don’t really blame Nasri He is only human. As football fans we seem to place so much emphasis on ‘loyalty’ but any of us who had the chance to nearly double our earnings would jump at the chance, whatever line of work we’re in. Talking about winning things, he probably justifiably feels he has a better chance at City. After all they won a trophy last year, we didn’t. They finished higher than us and have shown progression over the last 3 seasons, we haven’t. They have shown more ambition in the transfer market this season ( ie Aguero and Nasri himself)..If we’re realistic, putting all those things together, you can see why he would choose to leave.

  18. Gilbert

    August 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Gervinho has the caliber to replace Nasri, it might take some time but I feel that he is fantastic replacement for Nasri. As for Cesc, he is going to be the big loss for the club, without him there is not much happening in the box for Arsenal. If he is fit (and fully focused), he gets involved in almost all the goals that Arsenal scores. I don’t thing his leaving is for money unlike Nasri…

  19. coco the mastro says""

    August 11, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Yes and once again the mind is working over time ,all of us wondering is he going is he staying ,well the only person to know that is the weasel himself , i can see him now in two years from now after Man City have changed their Manager for a fourth time warming up the bench thinking god ” i wish i had never left Arsenal ” that happens to every player who has played for Arsenal they all seem to see the light once its too late …. lets just hope that what ever Nasri chooses him calls it right because there is no turning back … Other then Utd there is no other team bar Arsenal right now .

  20. Loot

    August 11, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    It’s difficult to take seriously, any argument from people who can barely spell, make a clear point or even structure a legible sentence. Tends to suggest you act before you layout a statement, speaking before thinking….simple, mindless trashing.

    There’s quite a but of that flying around these days!

    Its a 38 game league season. Not 1 game played…shooting the negative crap around before a meaningful ball has been kicked.
    20 years of seeing the Bergkamps, Henry’s, Pires’ of AFC find there feet, shows that patience is required, even of the great. Wenger is making changes, slower than hoped for, but they are coming. Let’s get to the end of September, see what we have, what’s working and what’s not, before we start throwing those toys around huh?

    And in the mean time, engaged your spell checker, or ask your Parents.

    • Swifty

      August 12, 2011 at 1:03 am

      That is funny! – Just reading through all the comments. Got to yours taking a dig at the spelling, which is terrible. An then you make a glaring error…very true though.

  21. Loot

    August 11, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    …and for the eagle eyed, I’ll engage mine

  22. sorin

    August 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    He should leave. No one should stay if is not 100% dedicated to the club

  23. James

    August 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Let´s admit it. Nasri wants more money, no more no less. Let´s sell him and buy a player that want´s to play in Arsenal.

  24. russ

    August 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Nasri is going to a club that has shown ambition and intent to challenge for titles by being decisive in the transfer market. Man City has bought players with pedigree and quality. On paper, Man City should be competitive from day 1 of the new season. I suspect that the morale at Man City is much better at the moment than at Arsenal (fair disclosure: I’m an Arsenal Supporter). He is going to a club where he thinks he can win things. It can’t hurt that he will be paid richly in the process.

    Arsenal have, so far this transfer period, failed or refused to show any ambition by making signings. How can you reasonably expect players like Nasri and Cesc to remain content. As it stands, the team is weaker now than at the end of last season. Arsenal have yet to even replace the people who left earlier in the transfer market, such as Clichy (who admittedly has been on the decline, but still.)

    At the end of last season’s campaign, it was all too evident that the team needed one (perhaps two) central defenders, perhaps an additional defensive midfielder, and top goalkeeper. Arsenal have not addressed any of those deficiencies, and yet they now are on the brink of losing 2 of their best players.

    Perhaps Wenger has some major transfer coup up his sleeves, but I can hardly see the logic in waiting until the last three weeks of August to make signings. How does it benefit the team if any new signings don’t get the chance to train with Arsenal in the pre-season? What “bargains” can be had at the end of the transfer market when everyone knows you need to buy?

    Arsenal have been complacent and have lacked any reasonable foresight. Nasri’s contract should have been sorted out last year before Christmas, but in typical fashion, Arsenal didn’t/couldn’t do anything. Everyobdy could see the writing on the wall with Cesc. They should have been planning for his departure for a while.

    As much as I admire Wenger (and perhaps I’m not convinced anybody can do a better job yet) the buck must stop with him. His refusal to sign a little bit on experienced players will be the downfall of his football “philosophy.” He wastes the talent of people like Cesc and Nasri (and RVP, etc) by failing to put a competitive team around his stars.

  25. makgunner

    August 11, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    gunners for life… Where r t
    he big ones looking for fame and glory? Read money. Hleb, Flamini, and other Cant Remember it’s names… gOOd, never big… Noones…

  26. soltro

    August 12, 2011 at 12:07 am

    It is pathetic for a player to give a reason going to man city is to win a trophy.
    Well, no other club in the premeier league plays better football than Arsenal.
    If a player doesn’t take responsibility for any failure in the team sport but only the success, has to be ashamed.
    I thought the players at arsenal learnt big lesson from the experiance of other players who left arsenal for better and wonder as a nomads.
    I will not be surprised if I see Nasir to be part player in Man city or end up like Robino, Adebayou and others. I don’t wish him to be wasted but he will get what he deserves for his betrayal.

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