Birthdays are easy excuses for celebration – but not in this case.
As former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri turned 32 on Wednesday, attempts at sending well-wishes to the Frenchman were quickly shot down by an angry barrage of unforgiving Gunners supporters.
Presumably still holding a grudge over the nature of the former midfielder’s exit (in which he insulted the club’s fans), Arsenal fans needed no invitation to express their long-standing disdain for Nasri.
Signing in 2008, Nasri started to make his name in English football and his efforts in the 2010/11 season earned him a move to Manchester City the following summer – where he went on to win two Premier League titles.
Moving to their Premier League rivals for almost £25m has not been forgotten by these Arsenal fans, who still seem hurt by his decision to fulfil his potential elsewhere following something of a breakthrough campaign at The Emirates.
So as his special day came around, perhaps it was not too surprising to see the reaction from Gunners supporters who looked a mixture of angry, offended and confused at the attempt to wish their former player many happy returns:
No. Guys. Come on.
— arseblog (@arseblog) June 26, 2019
— ADE PEPERITO (@Billwizmiz) June 26, 2019
Nah, you’re alright
— DB (@Gooner1884) June 26, 2019
— Roland Godfrey (@Rolandinho17) June 27, 2019
I’m not wishing him a happy birthday. After what he did.
— R@MON™® (@Ramon14) June 26, 2019
Are you kidding me?
— 442 Baby!????? (@OohTonyAdams) June 26, 2019
Get a grip
— Gerard O’Shaughnessy (@GerardOShock) June 26, 2019
Is this a joke?
— dunc86 (@DuncanLockett) June 26, 2019
— Neil McNaughton (@Neil_McN) June 26, 2019