Samir Nasri: Arsenal Fans DO Have Passion

Etihad Stadium star backtracks on earlier statement.

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Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has denied ever saying Arsenal fans lack passion.

The 24-year-old claims his comments he made after completing his £24million move from the Emirates to the Etihad Stadium were misconstrued.

The France international spoke of how much was looking forward to playing in front of City’s “passionate” fans, comparing them with those of his hometown club Marseille.

“Arsenal have good fans but not that passionate since they moved from Highbury to the Emirates,” he said.

Those comments have widely been interpreted as an insult to Gunners supporters but Nasri claims they are no such thing.

“You got that wrong,” said Nasri as he was officially unveiled as a City player at a press conference this morning. “I never said Arsenal fans were not good.

“I just said I saw real passion when I signed here and I said Arsenal was a little bit different. That is the only thing I said.

“Cesc (Fabregas) said as well that the difference between Highbury and the Emirates was the atmosphere.

“Don’t get me wrong, I never said Arsenal fans have a lack of passion.”

Nasri, who turned down a new deal at Arsenal to join City, has now trained with his new team-mates and could make his debut in Sunday’s game at Tottenham.

“I was really impressed because I trained with big players and I was really happy to train with them,” he added.

“I saw real quality and now I know I made the right choice. I said on Wednesday it was the club of the future and I am still convinced of that.”

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