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Samir Nasri defied Arsene Wenger's wishes before his move to Man City in 2011

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The name Samir Nasri is not exactly popular among Arsenal fans, with the Frenchman commanding a 'traitor' status similar to that of Robin van Persie.

In fact, the midfielder may even be worse off than the Dutchman, particularly as he only enjoyed a very short spell of brilliance in the famous red shirt.

During the 2010/11 season, Nasri was very impressive at Arsenal, establishing himself as the leading creative force after Cesc Fabregas departed for Barcelona.

Then, he ditched the north London side in favour of a move to Manchester City, where he went on to win two separate Premier League titles.

Nevertheless, his time at the Etihad was often blighted by injuries and a loss of form, with the former Marseille man regularly warming the bench.

In recent years, his stock in the footballing world has plummeted, with a loan spell at Sevilla last season optimising everything that is wrong with Nasri.

Despite a few decent displays for the La Liga side, the 30-year-old's time was shrouded in controversy, none more prominent than he infamous 'Drip Doctor' scandal.

He also got himself sent off for head butting Jamie Vardy in the Champions League, as you do.

Now, he is at Turkish side Antalyaspor on a permanent basis and he has also revealed a critical piece of information about his move to City back in 2011.

Speaking in his native France, Nasri revealed how he went against Arsene Wenger's wishes by choosing Roberto Mancini's side over Paris Saint-Germain.

The Gunners boss had supposedly spoken to the Ligue 1 side's director Leonardo Araujo about the move, with Wenger happy for him to move abroad.

"Has PSG ever tried to recruit me? I spoke to them twice. Once when Leonardo had spoken with Wenger," Nasri claimed.

"It suited Arsene that I was going to France because he did not want me to go to Manchester City or Manchester United. But for me it was either City or United.

"Another time when Laurent Blanc was coach. It was the year he took [Yohan] Cabaye. And finally, we were champion with City."

So, his parting gift was pretty much a middle finger to the man who placed so much faith in him.

To be fair, the other way of looking at it is that Nasri had his heart set on winning trophies in England, something which was much more achievable in Manchester.

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