Man City’s Samir Nasri: I owe Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger a lot

Manchester City's Samir Nasri heaps praise on his former manager Arsene Wenger ahead of the Citizens' trip to Arsenal

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Samir Nasri sealed a £25m move to Manchester City last summer Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

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Samir Nasri has admitted he owes Arsene Wenger “a lot” for helping the Manchester City midfielder become a better player during his time at Arsenal.

The 25-year-old, who was signed in a £14m deal from Marseille in 2008, emerged as one of the Premier League’s best attacking midfielders during a three-year spell at The Emirates.

Nasri scored 27 goals in 125 appearances for the Gunners before City lured the France international to Eastlands in 2011, with the playmaker winning his first league title last term.

The former l’OM star has struggled to replicate his Arsenal performances at for the English champions, and Nasri admitted Wenger was adept at extracting the best from his compatriot.

“If I’m here today it’s because of him. I’ll never forget what he did for me,” Nasri told the Sun.

“I owe him a lot. He gave me confidence not just as a player but as a man as well.

“That is why I really respect him and really like him because he cared about the men, not just about the players. For some managers they want you to be on the pitch and that is it.

“For him he wants to talk to you, to know a little more about you to give you the confidence, it was like a second love for me.

“I played fantastic football for three years and I learned how to play at a high level with a lot of Champions League and I was always in the race for the title.”

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