Former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed that he remains in contact with Arsene Wenger despite forcing a move to Manchester City in 2011, FourFourTwo exclusively reports.
Nasri left us weeks after our former skipper Cesc Fabregas returned to Barcelona, a damaging blow which took us a while to recover from.
According to Nasri, his relationship with Wenger remains intact and he still sees him as a father figure, despite the backlash he received from fans over the past four years.
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“Yes, I speak to him,” he told FourFourTwo.
“I’m close to Arsene Wenger, I’ve always said he is my football father, and I wouldn’t just say that.
“He did a lot for me; he made me the player I am and is someone who’s been really important for my career.”
Despite winning two league titles during his time at the Etihad Stadium, Nasri has rarely been viewed as one of their main men. Just as he was for us during his stay, the former Marseille man has been inconsistent for City and doesn’t seem to possess the desire to turn up with a performance every week.
Regularly listed alongside the likes of Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas among the world class players we lost, Nasri arguably remains one of the former stars who wouldn’t be able to find a space in our current XI.
The likes of Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla have covered his position admirably and have certainly surpassed his achievements with us.
Enjoy the bench alongside Bacary Sagna next season, Samir!