Samir Nasri says he joined Manchester City because they 'were better' than Arsenal

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It’s fair to say that Samir Nasri isn’t particularly liked by Arsenal fans.

The Frenchman swapped the Emirates for the Etihad in 2011 with many claiming he had done so for the money.

Nasri spent three years at the north London club but didn’t win a single trophy under Arsene Wenger. However, following his £25 million to Manchester City, Nasri has helped his side win two Premier League titles.


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Gooners believed the main factor Nasri made the switch to a Premier League rival was to earn more money but he has revealed the true reason.

"Manchester City were a better team – that's why I went there,” he told

“It was my ambition, not because of the money.

"Whether you're a fan or not, people should understand that, if a bigger company calls you, if you're ambitious you're going to go there.”

Nasri arrived in London from Marseille in 2008 for a reported fee of £12 million. While at Arsenal, Nasri become a bit of a fan favourite, making 125 appearances and scoring 27 goals.

However, after finishing fourth, third and fourth again, Nasri felt he could further his career by joining the Citizens.

City had just finished above Arsenal for the first time in their Premier League history and his decision to jump ship has seen him abused whenever he returns to his former stomping ground - something that upsets him.

"I had so much love for this club because the fans were amazing towards me then after when I saw all of that [Arsenal fans' anger towards Nasri] I became a little hateful because I was like 'come on, why are they doing this? I haven't done anything wrong to them' and it became this relationship, from love to hate.

"It's a bit sad because I spent three amazing years there - they brought me from Marseille and Arsene Wenger was like a father figure to me, he did everything for me. I'm still on really good terms with him but it's sad to have this relationship now with the club."

However, Nasri has insisted that the abuse he receives doesn’t affect him at all, instead, he claims it makes him laugh.

"People don't understand where I grew up... I came from nothing. Someone who tweets something or boos me, that isn't going to affect me. It's not you telling me I'm a mercenary or I'm a snake that's going to affect me. It makes me laugh and makes me want to prove them wrong even more,” he said.

"The thing is as a footballer you have a big ego so you're never going to show some kind of weakness to someone else.

"I don't know if I can recall someone [a team-mate] being affected by abuse. Ninety percent of players are all about confidence in their head so that might be the case, but for me personally, no."

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