Samir Nasri has aimed a swipe at Arsenal supporters after completing his move to Manchester City from the Gunners in a deal believed to be worth around £24 million.
The Frenchman had been the subject of interest from Manchester City throughout the summer , and finally completed his move to the Etihad Stadium on the eve of Arsenal’s make-or-break Champions League qualifier with Udinese on Wednesday night.
The former Marseille midfielder signed a four year deal on Wednesday night and criticised his former team’s support for being “not that passionate” compared to Manchester City fans.
“The City supporters are really passionate and it reminds me of [playing for] Marseille,” Nasri said.
“Arsenal have good fans but they are not that passionate since they moved from Highbury to the Emirates. The crowd at City are amazing and that’s what you want as a player – a good atmosphere.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had been reluctant to let Nasri leave the club, but the Frenchman’s hand was forced because the 24-year-old was entering the final year of his contract at the Emirates.
Nasri could make his debut for his new club against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, and said he was excited about the prospect of playing for a club which has drawn comparison to the big spending Real Madrid side of the early 2000’s.
“In France they are already calling Manchester City ‘Galácticos’ like they did with Real Madrid when they had [Zinedine) Zidane. It was a long, long negotiation between the two clubs but I’m a City player now and that’s what I wanted from the start.” He commented.
City have begun their Premier League campaign in exceptional form and will find out their group opponents for their first ever Champions League campaign later today. Roberto Mancini’s men are unseeded, and could be drawn against Barcelona, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund.