Samir Nasri: I swapped Arsenal for Man City to win trophies

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri doesn't regret his decision to leave Arsenal and join the Citizens in 2011

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

Samir Nasri says he is happy with his decision to quit Arsenal and join Manchester City in a bid to win more silverware.

The France international is playing his part in the Citizens’s Premier League title push this season, with Manuel Pellegrini’s men in third position and four points behind leaders Liverpool.

I preferred to join City and I won titles and indeed I earn a better living

Samir Nasri

Nasri joined City, who have played two games less than Brendan Rodgers’s men, in a £24m deal from the Gunners in 2011, ending a three-year trophyless spell at the north London club.

And the 26-year-old lifted the lid on the reasoning behind his decision to quit the Gunners and join City, where the French winger has won the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.

“My departure from Arsenal? When you leave for a club where there is more money, you are supposed to be mercenary,” Nasri told the Express.

“I took stock before I went to Manchester City, I was joining a club with Yaya Toure, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez [Former City Player]. I spent three seasons at Arsenal without any title and at the end of the season we sold our best player that was Cesc Fabregas.”

“I preferred to join City and I won titles and indeed I earn a better living. And why not a second national title in three years? I am very happy with my choice.”

Nasri has scored four goals and made five assists in 26 Premier League appearances this season.

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