Posted on Tuesday, 30th August 2011 by Tony Merakli
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has recently revealed that he was forced to quit Arsenal because of the club’s transfer policies and politics, which he claims have been forced upon under-fire boss Arsene Wenger by the board.
The 24-year-old, who sealed a £24 million move to City last week after refusing to sign a contract extension at the Emirates, believes his move to Eastland’s was forced through by Arsenal’s quiet man Stan Kroenke.
Since his switch to Manchester, many, if not all Arsenal fans (including myself) have condemned the France international for bailing out on the Gunners in order to pocket more cash.
However, the midfield maestro believes he was left with no choice but to leave a club with changing ambitions.
Nasri told French publication L’Equipe:
‘Arsenal is still a big club, but the Emirates Stadium has changed a lot of things.’
‘They have changed their ambitions, but it is not Arsène Wenger – it is the club’s politics, the officials.’
Nasri then went on to echo the calls of many Arsenal fans this summer, expressing his discontent at the lack of big-name arrivals. However, he once again blamed this firmly on the Arsenal board, and asked what many fans have been asking for the past several season – do the club genuinely have a significant amount of money to spend:
‘Arsenal doesn’t have the same funds [as others]. They can’t make the same coups as before in the transfer market. Rather, they are rather forced to sell their best players and bet on young ones.’
Following the clubs humiliating 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford last Sunday, it is believed that a group of Gooners are planning a protest march before the club’s next home game against Swansea in a bid to vent their anger and frustration at the board’s apparent lack of transfer support.
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