Etihad Stadium winger believes he was played ‘too much’ whilst at Arsenal.
Samir Nasri has justified playing fewer games since his move to Manchester City by claiming he was overplayed at Arsenal.
Speaking to Canal + , the France international reportedly said: “At Arsenal, I played too much.
“I score less than at Arsenal, but I don’t have the same role.”
He went on to say that he has become a better player at the Etihad Stadium following his £24million move last summer.
“I came here to win the title, play at the highest level and I’m improving.”
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
There has been some debate about the veracity of the comments quoted by this source but if indeed Samir Nasri has made such a statement then frankly the Man City man should be ashamed of himself.
The idea that a player is ‘playing too much’ is frankly absurd, especially as during the French attacker’s spell at Arsenal he was not generally called up for Carling Cup action, the one instance when such a suggestion could be vaguely valid. For the record the 24 year old made a total of 110 starts in a three year period, hardly a mammoth total.
It’s frankly shocking that a player would publicly state his dissatisfaction at playing ‘too much’ if anything the only statement of this sort that would be acceptable and encouraged is if a player were to come out and state that he wasn’t ‘playing enough’.
Oddly enough Nasri has only completed a 90 minute run-out in three of his last ten Man City appearances and Roberto Mancini’s side didn’t win any of those matches so perhaps the Etihad Stadium boss will agree that the French international and further reduce his playing time.