Former Arsenal midfield Samir Nasri has revealed that he went against Arsene Wenger’s transfer advice to him when he decided to leave the Emirates.
The former Arsenal midfielder left the club in acrimonious circumstances back in 2011, the same summer as Cesc Fabregas departed for Barcelona, in a £24 million move to Manchester City.
Despite being highly rated in the Premier League and winning two Premier League titles with the Citizens, Sami Nasri was deemed surplus to requirement by City new boss Pep Guardiola, who sent him on a season long loan move to Sevilla.
Nasri has enjoyed a positive start to his loan spell at Sevilla, but his career could’ve panned out quite differently had he taken Wenger’s advice almost five years ago.
‘Leonardo wanted me at Inter Milan and then at PSG and Wenger told me to go to PSG. I did not want to at the time and then they bought Pastore. PSG, I don’t think I could do that,’ Nasri told L’Équipe du Soir, citing his allegiances with Marseille as a reason for snubbing Wenger.
On a potential return to Marseille, he added: ‘Financially speaking, if I came back to Marseille, I would be playing by myself.’