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Nasri To Arsenal Fans: Forget Me

An ecstatic Samir Nasri has asked Arsenal supporters to forget him now that his difficult move to Manchester City has been vindicated...

In an interview in France with TF1, Le Petit Prince de Marseille who had previously made no secret of his hurt at Arsenal reaction to his departure led by Twitter keyboard warrior Piers 'Morgan' Moron said:

'People at Arsenal tried to make out that I came here for the money. I hope they are watching me now, collecting my Premier League winner's medal. I believe they have not won a trophy for many years now. If all that I was interested in was money, the easiest decision would have been to stay at Arsenal, picking up my money every week and walking into the team. There are many people doing this right now at Arsenal.

'I made the hard choice to come and fight for my place at a big club where they never settle for second best, and I have been proved right.'

'I now hope the Arsenal fans can get on with their lives and forget me, they should celebrate their third-place achievement and I will focus upon winning titles.'


In other City v Arsenal related news, long time admirer of brilliant Arsenal talisman Robin Van Persie, Roberto Mancini has flown to Abu Dhabi with his management team to discuss squad strengthening. Van Persie is a close friend of Nasri. A subsequent bold bid for Van Persie cannot be ruled out.

Nasri, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Touré and the superb Gael Clichy have thus far exchanged The Emirates for The Etihad. France and Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira is City's Football Development Executive and plays a key role in supporting Mancio's squad.

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- The 2012/13 Premier League season will kick off on Saturday the 18th August 2012. Fixtures will be announced around the middle of June, with the first set of television picks selected approximately 2-3 weeks later.

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Writer: Johnny Baguette Champions Newsdesk Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 16 2012

Time: 10:11AM

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Jack Wilshere: "“I don’t know what goes on his head. Fair play to him, he has won a trophy but over the next couple of years that’s our goal and I can see Arsenal winning a trophy. Maybe he spoke too soon and we can rub it in his face next year.”

Every bit as inflamatory a comment as that made by Nasri, but i bet the gooners will big him up for making it. Funny that.
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16/05/2012 13:09:00

I like Man City fans, I really do but come on guys. You really think this little ***** wouldn't do the same to you and your club? Don't let this new success get to your head, he has not been wronged by Arsenal FC or the fans.
Professor calculus
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16/05/2012 13:22:00

PC, the Arsenal fans have been gunning for Nasri since he left - their treatment of him in the League Cup was appalling, as bad as I've ever heard. Yeah, it's obviously gone to Nasri's head a bit but I think he's entitled to have a go considering the abuse he's had to put up with - uber ***** Piers Morgan leading the cavalry assault. But how this in any way points to the success going to City fans heads, I don't know. That's just a plainly stupid suggestion.
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16/05/2012 13:29:00

He hasn't in any way been wronged by Arsenal PC but the same can't be said of the fans. I've never seen such a blog obsession with one player than I saw with Arsenal bloggers this season wishing bad on Nasri, telling everyone that he's underperforming and just generally verbally abusing him. His decision has been vindicated and he has every right to make them fans eat their words.
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16/05/2012 13:56:00

Arsenal fans sang his name non stop for an entire season,they created a song for him, (have City fans? I genuinely don't know) at the end of that season, of which only half he bothered turning up for, he bafflingly turns on the club and the fans. That's why he is hated, there was absolutely no bad blood or chain of events which explained his attitude towards our club. Like many footballers, he's spoilt and immature, perhaps he's emotionally incapable of making a decision without creating an enemy to justify his actions. I'm disappointed with you guys, can't you see it? It's crystal clear. We all know Arsenal fans aren't perfect but this one is not on us. Not even close. There's a reason why Clichy, Toure and Vieira are still respected at Arsenal, there's a reason Adebayor and Nasri are treated like parasitic mercenaries who can't keep their end of the bargain. Have you also conveniently forgot that he really wanted to join Man United rather than City, he's a copy and paste self server, just like Adebayor, you'll see soon enough.
Professor calculus
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16/05/2012 14:49:00

Nasri had more than his fair share from Arsenal fans, I'd still say this is a little classless for the peak moment of your career. But whatever. It is however, very disrespectful to the manager that brought him to England and invested so much time and faith in him, to question his ambition and slag off his squad. You could make an argument saying us fans are fair game, but to have a pop at his ex manager and teammates is not really on.
Little Dutch
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16/05/2012 15:10:00

Arsenal fans have sent him and his family death threats on Twitter, taunted and abused him all season long. That diabolical excuse of a man Piers Morgan was one of the worst and did his £10,000 bet with Nasri that Arsenal would win a trophy before Nasri does at City... honestly, considering the obscene abuse Nasri has taken (I saw some of it on Twitter, one Gooner threatened to take a machete to him and cut him to pieces) he's showed a lot of restraint with his comments. I'd channel our fanzoner Walter and shout "TAKE IT! TAKE IT! TAKE IT!".
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16/05/2012 15:15:00

@stuMCFC, Using morons on twitter as a benchmark for anything isn't credible. Using idiots in general to justify the abuse of decent, loyal people makes no sense whatsoever. I don't recall Wenger, the club or Arsenal fans treating Nasri badly, in fact quite the opposite. Also, your time scale is out of sync, Nasri started bad mouthing our club when relations were very good, he started this waaaay before the fans turned on him.
Professor calculus
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16/05/2012 15:35:00

That's a tad childish mate to be fair. He's directing his comments at "people at Arsenal", not the club itself. His comment about not settling for second best is perhaps a dig at the club itself but there is some truth in what he says.
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16/05/2012 15:55:00

PC, I agree with you on the twitter morons, but your fans at the Emirates should be indicative of the ill feeling that was shown towards him, at times hardcore hostility. I think his comment: "I now hope the Arsenal FANS can get on with their lives and forget me, they should celebrate their third-place achievement and I will focus upon winning titles" is very obvious that this is an attack on the fans and not your manager or players. Having said that, he does seem to have a pop at "People at Arsenal...", but I doubt you or I can comment on what, if anything, was said between Nasri and people at the club. Other than that, I see no disrespect to Wenger or the clubs players...
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16/05/2012 16:05:00

Ive given my fair share of abuse to Nasri.. So no issues there.. But having a pop at Wenger and teammates was typical Samir.
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16/05/2012 16:15:00

What did he say about Arsene mate?
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16/05/2012 16:24:00

Come now City fans. Are you such raving hypocrites that you conveniently forgetting Tevez needing police protection on his return from Argentina. I don't recall Sami requiring a police escort up to Manchester. Yes, you are so much better fans than us gooners! We admit it! Years of hurt and all that. Well now its truly your turn to **** on all those below you. Congratulations. I can't wait for the day Na$ri's true colours become evident. As for his pop at Wenger and the players, his little snide remark about players walking into the team and 'Arsenal people' settling for 'second best' can only be directed at the manager and the team. It shows a particular nasty trait to come out with a statement like that. But then diplomacy has never been one of Sami's strengths. Ask William Gallas and Thierry Henry.
Wyn Mills
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16/05/2012 17:00:00

Wyn, that is a ridiculous post. There is no evidence whatsoever that Nasri is referring to Arsene. As for T***z, he slagged off the city that he landed in when he needed that police escort. So, no, nothing hypocritical whatsoever. To compare the two players actions is laughable mate.
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16/05/2012 17:11:00

Nasri began bad mouthing the club about the time his pay negotiations started going badly. He wanted pay parity with Fabregas, which the club naturally did not want to give him, Cesc being our captain at the time.
Wyn Mills
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16/05/2012 17:12:00

So the City fans didn't pin abusive notes to the gates of his house then? Sorry, that's certainly what I remember reading. Was that the Manchester Women's Instititute then? I'm not sure how you can separate his criticism of his teammates and the ambitions of the club from Arsene Wenger. They are one and the same. Certainly Wilshire appears to have taken exception to it.
Wyn Mills
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16/05/2012 17:19:00

The point is ...why? Why bother making this statement? All he has to do is hold up his trophy. We, the fans, are all watching the game. He doesn't NEED to say anything. The truth is its Na$ri who can't forget. He can't forget that he will never be spoken of in the same breath as Henry, Pires, Vieira, Cesc. At City he is just another cog in a vast machine. Forever a Zidane wannabe.
Wyn Mills
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16/05/2012 17:31:00

Incredible how bitter Arsenal fans are. You're not begrudging Toure because you did not want him anymore, but that's alright ain't it? it can only go one way for you lot cant' it? As for Nasri, because you wanted to keep him he gets an incredible amount of hate off you - there is no doubt about that. Will you hate RVP as much once he joins the revolution!? You're a sorry lot... Nasri has won his first medal in his FIRST season and there's more to come, Arsenal will not win the PL for years to come, he made the RIGHT decision!
Blue ponderer
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16/05/2012 20:03:00

And at a single stroke, Wyn Mills validates the statement made By Samir

If all that I was interested in was money, the easiest decision would have been to stay at Arsenal, picking up my money every week and walking into the team. There are many people doing this right now at Arsenal. 'I made the hard choice to come and fight for my place at a big club where they never settle for second best, and I have been proved right.'

He may just be a cog in a vast machine (perhaps you could have added "that is eating the premier league and ruining football" - we all know how Arsenal fans enjoy being melodramatic), but at least at City he has to fight for his place, rather than simply walk into the team, no?
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16/05/2012 21:17:00

Nothing is simple for the gooners fifth. Just been reading the banter on the Ar$enal page and added a provocative post that is sure to provoke some spleen venting !
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16/05/2012 21:58:00

Er, no. The easiest decision was to double his wages by moving to a club willing to vastly inflate average league wages, and spending half the season sitting on his arse. Not difficult to understand.
Wyn Mills
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17/05/2012 00:45:00

30 appearances out of 38 league games? Even someone as clearly mathematically challenged as yourself would realise that's not half the season sitting on his arse Wyn.

For the record:Arsenal wage bill for 2010 (Source official club annual report) £124.4million. Manchester City average wage bill 2010 (Official club report) £133million. Not a great deal in it is there? Perhaps (as one of your sensitive friends on Vital Arsenal told me) you should check the cold hard facts before you spout.
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17/05/2012 08:23:00

Some interesting reading for you Wyn:
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17/05/2012 08:27:00

Yeah, the 2010 wage bill at City (we finished above you in 2009-10), sure there's been no alterations to that whatsoever, eh? Perfectly reflective of the 2012 wage bills.
Little Dutch
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17/05/2012 12:11:00

LD, according to the latest financial reports if my memory serves me correct City's wage bill was roughly £40million more than Arsenal's. How much more is winning the PL worth in monetary terms compared to finishing third?
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17/05/2012 12:31:00

30 games, eh? How many of those have been starts? Honestly, I really don't know how Samir can live with his hypocrisy: "It is annoying. The work we do is not getting the credit it deserves because we are not winning silverware. It is unfair because I think we have more merit as a club than those who have built their teams with millions of pounds whereas Arsenal have brought in young footballers, who have come here to play a certain kind of football and who have developed." Nasri on Arsenal's trophy drought, April 2010.
Wyn Mills
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17/05/2012 12:47:00

It's a good quote that Wyn, why don't you stick it in Nasri's face and not ours. He's on twitter. Seriously, I don't know why we're taking the flak here... Nasri won a Premier League winners medal, he was a very important player for us this season, he left Arsenal because he couldn't see them winning much. He was proved correct. Time to move on fellas...
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17/05/2012 13:13:00

Wyn, 26 starts 4 sub appearances in the league. 45 appearances in all comps
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17/05/2012 13:26:00 According to this piece bluedub, all things considered, City's win netted £4m more than our third place.
Little Dutch
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17/05/2012 15:24:00

Wow, only £4million? So much for all the media bluster about how much winning the PL is worth then eh?
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17/05/2012 15:32:00

So, Arsene Wenger will be able to say to players "eh, don't go to the English Champions, come to Arsenal, where we celebrate third place finishes because, financially, it's ALMOST like winning titles." I'm sure that will go over well.
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17/05/2012 16:17:00

Not sure we're celebrating anything. No open-top buses with bunting in Islington when I last looked. We're obviously happy to bag the automatic CL spot, but don't kid yourself we won't be fighting for first place next season. Be assured you won't hear the end of it if you fail to win this trophy every single season given your massive expenditure. Anything less will be judged a massive FAIL. You are the new Chelsea. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Wyn Mills
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17/05/2012 18:30:00

You act as if Arsenal never spent money in the past trying to put a squad together. I have no idea how long you've been supporting your club, but remind yourself how much money Wenger spent when he first got there in order to win the league. And you would be the foremost expert on failing, right?
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17/05/2012 18:49:00

What makes you believe you have the balls for the fight mate? The new Chelsea - that's a good one. Shows exactly how ignorant you are to who are owners are and what they're planning to achieve. We won't hear the end of it if we don't win? What's new? All we've heard from the majority is bitter jealous comments since ADUG took over, especially from Arsenal fans for some reason.
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17/05/2012 18:52:00

It would help if you didn't post provocative articles like this, don't you think? How about setting up a decent scouting network so you don't feel the need to throw £25m and £250k a week at a player that originally cost less than £3m? Jealousy? Mate, the splash the cash culture of your club only make me prouder to be a gooner!
Wyn Mills
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17/05/2012 19:16:00

I'm sure it will make you pay that extra £1000 a year they force you to pay in order to watch "the most beautiful football on the planet that doesn't win trophies." And a "better scouting network"? Is that what Arsenal has? I believe clubs across Europe are upset at how Wenger has circumvented rules in order to sign players before they could sign for the clubs that developed them.
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17/05/2012 19:19:00

Provocative articles Wyn? So we shouldn't be allowed to report what every other news organisation in the world is reporting? There is nothing in either the headline or the text that is provocative, it's just that Arsenal fans are a tad sensitive.
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17/05/2012 20:28:00

Yet again you show your ignorance Wyn. City are spending £170 million on their academy, there has been an aggressive scouting policy since ADUG took over which should start to bear fruit next season.
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17/05/2012 21:11:00


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