French international to make surprise Emirates Stadium return…surely not?
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Arsenal could bid to buy back Samir Nasri as Man City ‘open to offers’
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is reportedly ready to listen to offers for Samir Nasri, opening up the possibility of a return to Arsenal.
The France international left the Gunners in a £25million transfer last August and went on to help City win the Premier League title.
However, Mancini was not happy with Nasri’s performances and has doubts about his role in the team, reports L’Equipe.
The French newspaper claimed that while the 24-year-old is not on the transfer list, City are prepared to consider bids for him.
That news may interest Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who remains one of Nasri’s biggest fans, but a section of the Gunners support would not be keen to see the midfielder return after he made a series of unflattering comments about the club.
There seems literally zero chance of this happening. Given the reception Samir Nasri has received at the hands of rightfully aggrieved Arsenal fans and the resultant disrespectful statements the Man City attacker has made, a move back to the Emirates Stadium just doesn’t seem fathomable.
Also the assertion that Roberto Mancini was not happy with the 24 year old’s performances last term doesn’t seem plausible. It’s true that the former Marseille man wasn’t at his best but he did still rack up 26 Premier League starts and racked up nine assists in the process, making him one of the highest assist-makers in the top tier.
Nasri clearly left Arsenal in contentious circumstances, much as Emmanuel Adebayor had two seasons earlier and much like the Togo international, the French international would not be welcome at the North London club anytime soon.
Samir Nasri spent three seasons at Arsenal and his final season at the club was by far his most effective, notching up 15 goals in the process, but he decided to force a Gunners exit, which was secured when Mancini made a £25m offer that Wenger could not turn down.
That isn’t to say that Wenger wouldn’t welcome the addition of another creative attacking addition to his Arsenal squad but the Arsenal boss will hope that a number of players will play to their potential, Theo Walcott and Andrei Arshavin being the players who seem to consistently fail to deliver.
The French boss will also hope that youngsters Ryo Miyaichi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain continue to make strides and push for a regular first team berth next term.