The Frenchman was an integral part of the Arsenal team but opted to move to the mega-rich Manchester City where he has managed to find success, although at the expense of playing time.
Nasri said on how Arsenal’s style of play:
You have to accept that sometimes it’s good to win ugly.
You don’t always have to play good football to win.
Arsenal play good football, but after seven years they don’t win so that’s difficult for them.
But the manager has a good philosophy. I know he will find a solution.
I don’t want Arsenal to fall down. I want them to win things because I have respect for the players there and the manager.
But I know from the start I made the right choice because we are top of the league and in the Europa League.
After that, what Arsenal do doesn’t matter.
Chelsea have bought players and they haven’t won the title, so money doesn’t buy this.
While I agree we have to learn to win ugly when the situation calls for it, I totally disagree with his opinion on funds. Money will always give you a better chance of winning titles, it is a just a matter of putting together the right players. Chelsea did this a few years ago, while at present Manchester City have potentially done that.
In terms of ‘winning ugly’, going back to what Petit said recently, I feel this is definitely when big characters and leaders make the difference. But with so much going on behind the scenes in terms of board-members and management, it is anyone’s guess what will happen in the summer.