Former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri has twisted the knife further into his former club after the Frenchman ruled the Gunners out of the title race after just three games.
Nasri acrimoniously left Arsenal after a protracted transfer saga over the summer, with Manchester City securing the signature of the Frenchman two games into the new season.
The 24-year-old landed a parting blow as he left for the Etihad Stadium, suggesting the Arsenal fans “lack passion” compared to the Manchester City support, and now Nasri appears to have put the boot in further during an interview with French magazine L’Equipe, implying that Arsenal are no longer able to compete with the top clubs in the Premier League.
When asked if he felt it was the right time to leave the club, Nasri replied: “Yes, it was. There are sure signs.”
“The departure of Cesc to Barcelona is one of them. The defeat against Birmingham in the League Cup final was very harmful for the minds.”
“Arsenal remains a big club, but the building of Emirates Stadium changed a lot of things. It has changed the ambitions, so far. But it is not Arsene Wenger, it is the club’s politics, the officials.”
“Arsenal doesn’t have the same funds. They can’t make the same coups as before in the transfer market. They are rather forced to sell their best players and bet on young ones.” He added.
The Gunners were forced to endure their heaviest defeat under Arsene Wenger on Sunday as they went down 8-2 against Manchester United at Old Trafford, with manager Arsene Wenger expected to add to his squad in the closing hours of the transfer window.
Arsenal have yet to pick up a win in the Premier League and have only scored two goals in their first three games, a run that leaves them eight points behind table-topping Manchester United.