It seems weird to think that there was once a time when Samir Nasri was considered a fan favourite at Arsenal.
Before the former France international was another villain in north London, Nasri was one of the most exciting players to play for Arsenal in some time when Arsene Wenger did it again and pulled off a masterstroke of a signing.
Before moving to England, Nasri was considered an up-and-coming player in his native France, though his true ability was realised when the playmaker succeeded Franck Ribery at Marseille following the winger’s move to Bayern Munich in 2007, prompting Arsenal to spend a reported £12 million for the midfielder the following year.
Making the jump from Ligue 1 to the Premier League is normally a daunting task for some players, but for Nasri, the transition was an easy one. In his first season with Arsenal, the France international made 44 appearances in all competitions as the Gunners made it to the Champions League semi-finals.
As the seasons progressed, Nasri continued to build his case as not one of Arsenal’s best players but a star who the supporters genuinely felt could be with the club for years to come and be one of the figures behind ending the trophy-drought that had made the north London side the butt of many jokes, and then Manchester City came along.
Since the takeover in Manchester, City had long been poaching Arsenal’s best players to add to their growing group of names that could one day lead the team to the elusive Premier League title, and Nasri became the fourth player in two years to make the move from north London to the Citizens for a reported £25 million.
Three assists in his debut for his new side might have given City fans the impression that Nasri could go on to be a driving force for the team for many seasons, but his time in Manchester was underwhelming, to say the least.
Although the Frenchman accumulated over 175 appearances for City, Nasri’s overall impact on the team was lacklustre despite winning two Premier League titles with the club, and in 2017, the former Arsenal hero turned bad guy was sold to Turkey.
Nasri has since returned to England, joining West Ham on a free in the January transfer window of this season, but his time with the Irons has also been poor, and it is being reported that the now former France star will be released by the club come the end of the campaign when his six-month deal expires.
The midfielder could have become an Arsenal legend had he remained at the club and not jumped on the trend of players moving to City, but with Nasri now set to be released by West Ham, fans of the Gunners might be thinking they were lucky to move on a such a character when they did.
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