Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Frimpong to escape FA action
Former team-mates will not face disciplinary action following their heated exchange after Carling Cup clash at The Emirates
Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Frimpong will escape disciplinary action after their tunnel bust-up following Arsenal’s Carling Cup defeat by Manchester City.
The former team-mates were involved in a war of words which spilled into the tunnel after the final whistle – but the incident has not been reported to the Football Association.
An Arsenal spokesperson said: “Words were exchanged – that was that, there were no punches thrown but there was a lot of noise. Sami was speaking in French and Mani wasn’t. It was handbags but they didn’t even touch.”
Nasri’s every touch at The Emirates had been greeted by a chorus of jeers from the home fans following his £25m move to Eastlands during the summer after snubbing Arsenal’s offer of a new contract.
After Nasri’s summer switch, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere had tweeted: “Good luck to my friend @Nanas08 ““ learnt a lot from him. World class player! Will be missed!” But Frimpong replied: “Pfffff come on Jack.”
Meanwhile, City manager Roberto Mancini admitted the hostile atmosphere may have affected Nasri’s performance during the 1-0 win.
“I think Nasri can play better [than he did tonight]. It maybe affected him,” said Mancini after the game.
“He’s a very top player. Maybe it is because it is the first time he has come back to Arsenal. It’s not easy for him after being here for a few years.
“But I didn’t have other players. Samir Nasri played 60 minutes [on Sunday against Liverpool]. I played him to spare him a hostile reception [when City visit Arsenal] in the Premier League.
“I think he has yet to find his best form and can improve a lot. It was the same for the other players that arrived last year. For Edin [Dzeko] and David [Silva] for two months they had a problem.
“When you arrive in a new team, sometimes it takes time to settle in. He can improve a lot because he is a champion.”