Samir Nasri was earlier this week somewhat controversially left out of the France squad for the World Cup next month and, it has been claimed, three Arsenal players had a significant role to play in the omission of their former teammate.
Nasri had played a prominent part in France’s qualification process for Brazil yet Didier Deschamps decided to exclude the Manchester City midfielder from his final 23. And, reports RMC journalist Daniel Riolo, a trio of stars from Nasri’s former club were averse to his inclusion.
Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud, who all made the squad, are alleged to have informed Deschamps of their desire to see Nasri left behind. Mathieu Valbuena, the Marseille midfielder, also expressed his concerns.
Nasri is an ex-club and international colleague of Sagna and Koscielny, but left Arsenal before the arrival of Giroud, and the actions from the Gunners players highlight just how disruptive the Premier League champion is considered among the French ranks.
The 26-year-old has always been known as something of a temperamental character, and was banned for three matches by his country after berating a journalist following France’s poor showing at Euro 2012.