Samir Nasri wanted Arsenal stay

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Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has sensationally revealed that he wanted to stay at Arsenal, but the north London club's delay in offering him a new contract convinced him to move to the Etihad Stadium in 2011.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Telegraph, the France international claimed that preliminary discussions over a new deal were held with the Gunners in October 2010, but by the next summer he was no closer to agreeing an extension.

A £24million switch to the Citizens followed and prompted a backlash from angry Arsenal supporters, who continue to criticise the 26-year-old for ditching Arsene Wenger and Co.

"What happened is this: it was my best season with Arsenal [scoring 15 goals]" Nasri said. "We were in October [2010] and the manager asked me whether I wanted to stay at Arsenal. 'Yes I want to stay at Arsenal', I said.

"We wait, we wait, we wait. We arrived in June. I have only one year left on my contract."

Nasri's Arsenal exit was wholly justified given the fact that he won the Premier League title during his debut season with Manchester City - a feat he failed to achieve during three years at the Emirates Stadium.

The former Marseille man also alleges he spurned the advances of Manchester United, Inter Milan and Juventus in favour of linking up with Roberto Mancini.

"My agent told me: 'Do you want to play in the big club, already with a big history [Manchester United], where you will just be one of them? Or play for Manchester City, who didn't win the league for 44 years, where if you win the trophy, you can make history'.

"I said 'Oh yeah, I want to make history'" he added. "In my first year, I won the league. I don't have any regrets."

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