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Samir Nasri accuses Arsenal of cashing-in

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Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has accused Arsenal's majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, of selling him purely to boost his coffers, while Arsene Wenger wanted the France international to stay at the Emirates Stadium.

Nasri left Arsenal for Manchester City in the summer transfer window of 2011 for a fee in the region of £24 million, with the 25-year-old in the final year of his contract with the Gunners and determined to force a move away from the club.

The Frenchman had outlined his intention not to sign a new deal with Arsenal but, following the sale of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, Nasri would told that he would have to wait until his contract expired before he would be able to leave the club.

But, says Nasri, despite Wenger initially insisting that his immediate future would be with Arsenal, Kroenke decided to sell the player to Manchester City as the days ticked down to the transfer deadline.

"Wenger told me that if Cesc [Fabregas] left, I would stay but Kroenke wanted the money," Nasri told BeIn Sport. "Cesc was already gone, I had only one year left so I decided to leave.

"I do not have regrets. I do not regret joining Manchester City. I want to play and perform. My departure from Arsenal is purely for sporting reasons. When you compare Arsenal and City, it's not the same. With City I'm playing in a better team. I didn't leave for money.

"I only regret not having more discussions with Arsene Wenger when I left. Arsene Wenger is the greatest coach I have worked with. He made me the player I am. I'm very grateful."

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