So long, Sami

by Gary Taylor

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

So it seems Arsenal’s decision to cash in on Samir Nasri has not turned out to be as bad as first feared.

The general feeling among the supporters and media were that Nasri following Fabregas out of the club spelt the end of Arsenal dining at the top table of the Premier League and in Europe.

I was one of those fearing the worst but Nasri’s attitude stunk and Arsenal fans don’t take kindly to somebody thinking they are bigger than the club.

At Arsenal, he was being offered the role he craved in the middle of the park in which he could orchestrate and dictate every attack on a weekly basis.

He was being offered the highest wage at the club but in all honesty it was just a paltry sum of £110,000 a week, not nearly enough for a footballer in this day and age it seems.

When Fabregas pulled his hamstring last season, Nasri filled the central role with such success that he was named on the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year.

He scored goals, he set up an absurd amount of chances and to me he looked better in the central role than Fabregas did for the whole season, although we all know why that was.

Nasri was destined for great things but then the bright lights of the Etihad Stadium caught his eye and that was it – kaput!

And what has he swapped it all for? An executive-style seat probably fitted with an iPod dock and a PlayStation 3 on the Man City bench.

So far he has spent more time on that bench then he has on the pitch for City but he did get a rare start against Wolves…in the third round of the Carling Cup.

Yeah he probably does have a much better chance of silverware but will he contribute to any of that success?

The central role he probably expected when he rocked up in Manchester is out of the question considering the form of David Silva, who along with Robin van Persie is an early contender for the Player of the Year gong.

In contrast, Gervinho, his replacement, is starting to really find his feet at the Emirates and although he may not possess the skill levels of Nasri, he makes up for it in drive and determination.

An interesting stat shows the impact of the respective players at Arsenal.

The Ivorian has seven assists in his first 13 games for Arsenal – two more than what Nasri achieved in his first 44 games.

Make of that what you will but the point I’m making is that the grass is not always greener on the other side.

It would have been a joy to see Nasri and Gervinho in the same midfield causing havoc but the Frenchman chose his path and Arsenal got paid handsomely for it.

Au revoir!

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  • jake

    tbh, we all saw it coming. There was no way he was ever getting into that City 11. I just hope RVP doesnt follow him there!

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