Arsenal need to learn to win ugly, claims Man City’s Samir Nasri
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri believes his former club need to start winning ugly in order to land a trophy
Samir Nasri believes his former club Arsenal must learn to “win ugly” if they are to end their long wait for silverware.
The France playmaker swapped The Emirates for Manchester City in the summer after three trophy-less seasons in north London – and the 24-year-old feels he made the right choice in leaving the Gunners.
“I don’t want Arsenal to fall down,” he told a news conference on Tuesday. “I wanted them to win the FA Cup or something because I have a lot respect for the players who are there and the manager.
“Me, I knew since the start that I made the right choice [in joining City]. We are top of the league and we are still in the Europa League. What Arsenal does doesn’t matter – it was just my choice [to leave].
“Sometimes it’s good to win ugly. You don’t have to always play good football to win and Arsenal are the proof of it because they play good football but in the end they haven’t won a trophy for seven years so it’s difficult for them.
“But the manager has a good philosophy and I know he will find a solution soon.”
Nasri was quick to dismiss suggestions that Manchester City’s good form was solely a result of the Eastlands outfit’s spending power in the transfer market.
“Money doesn’t buy a team spirit,” he added. “It’s the players that you bring in who are involved and want to win something.
“Here we are hungry because we want to win titles as most of the players here don’t have that kind of experience.
“Chelsea have money and have bought players and they don’t win a title – so money doesn’t buy this.”