Gunners powerful midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong reportedly clashed with Samir Nasri after the final whistle of City’s Carling Cup victory over Arsenal, however the pair will not face disciplinary action.
The quarter final marked the first return of former Gunner Samir Nasri to the Emirates after his big money move to City in which Frimpong had responded on twitter “money is the root of all evil”. The French international received plenty of jeering upon his return, and had an average game by his usual high standards.
The match itself was a subdued affair, with the Gunners looking the more likely to win. It took a break away goal from Augero to seal it for the visitors, but the real drama unfolded down the tunnel after a fiery match between Frimpong and Nasri turned into a verbal spat. Initially reports suggested that Nasri aimed a punch at the Ghanaian, however the rumour was immediately denied.
An Arsenal spokesman who saw the incident said:
Words were exchanged – that was that. There were no punches thrown, but there was a lot of noise.
Sami was speaking in French and Mani wasn’t. It was handbags, they didn’t even touch.
After the match Arsene Wenger displayed some disappointment with the crowds negative reception towards Nasri and hopes that he will get a more positive response in future fixtures between the two sides:
You want players who have played for us respected, it is his first time back, I think it was more ‘disappointed love’ than anger. I am sure they love him but because they love him, they responded like that – they wanted him here.
Unfortunately for Wenger the crowd doesn’t love him, especially after he labelled the Arsenal faithful as lacking passion and labelled the Gunners as a ‘selling club’! We are pleased to be rid of the arrogant Frenchman, Wilshere, Ramsey and the Ox will all be far better players than Nasri could wish to be.