French attacking midfielder Samir Nasri has again hit out at Arsenal and their supporters by saying he is glad he left the Gunners to join Manchester City. The 24 year old Frenchman was earlier badly criticised for leaving Arsenal last summer, with many indicating he had joined City solely because of their attractive wages. However, Nasri, who said he left the Gunners to win silverware, had the last laugh when City lifted the Premier League title this season.
"Celebrate your third-place achievement and I will focus on winning titles," Nasri told Arsenal fans, according to the Mirror. Nasri now claims he always knew he made the right decision - to leave the Gunners and join City.
"I'm glad I left because City are far more competitive and are winning titles, not dreaming about it. I have said 300 times I did not leave Arsenal for money, only for sporting aspirations and if people don't believe me that's their problem," the Guardian quoted Nasri as saying.
After winning the Premier League title with City, the 24 year old Frenchman also revealed his dream to lift the 2012 Euro trophy with his national team mates.
"Winning the Euro after the Premier League would be the ultimate dream," ESPN quoted Nasri as saying.
France, who had a terrible campaign at the 2008 Euros and the 2010 World Cup, made amends after the appointment of their new boss Laurent Blanc. After going through a smooth Euro 2012 qualification, the Les Bleus will be hoping to bring in the same form to the main competition. Placed in a relatively easy group alongside England, Sweden and Ukraine, France will be hoping to get an easy ticket to the knockout stages. Nonetheless, Nasri feels France's opening game against England will be very important to set the tone for the rest of the competition.
"There is a great deal of confidence in the French camp but much will depend on the opening game against England. They remain an extremely tough opponent. I have had banter with Joe Hart and Joleon Lescott at City but losing is not an option. I would like to see both sides qualify but people need to understand that if France qualify at the expense of England then so be it, The Sun quoted Nasri as saying.