Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 26 November 2014

Nasri clarifies passion comments

Samir Nasri is expected to play a pivotal role for Manchester City this season
Samir Nasri is expected to play a pivotal role for Manchester City this season

Samir Nasri has insisted he never said Arsenal fans lack passion.

The France forward claims remarks he made on Wednesday after completing his reported £24million move from the Emirates Stadium to Manchester City have been misconstrued. The 24-year-old 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 a slight on 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 on Friday 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 Barclays Premier League game at Tottenham.

The playmaker added: "I was really impressed because I trained with big players and I was really happy to train with them.

"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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