Ahead of the Community Shield tie with former club Arsenal, Manchester City's Samir Nasri has launched a scathing attack on sections of the Arsenal fanbase who have labelled him as a mercenary for the way he left the club back in 2011.
“The abuse doesn't affect me on the pitch, I just think it’s stupid,” Nasri told the Daily Mail.
“I’m not an Arsenal fan, I am not from London. If we want to be honest, we are players who look at what is in the the best interests for us and our career,’
“When Manchester City came, it was the best choice for me to come here. And today I have won trophies, I am really happy, I have everything and I have a better life.
Since leaving Arsenal, Nasri has won four trophies with Man City: the Premier League (twice), the Community Shield and the Capital One Cup, playing a massive part in each success.
However, many Arsenal fans have not forgiven Nasri for the move and some have castigated him at every opportunity.
“I just look at for what’s best for me; and that’s what Bacary Sagna did, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Touré.
‘Fans think it must be for the money. But it’s not just the money. Ok, it’s a factor, it’s important nowadays. But if someone earns 200 (thousand) a week or 150 or 100 a week, it’s not going to make a difference or an impact on your life, so that’s not true.
‘I am in debt to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. If I am this player today, it is because of him. But I don’t need to explain myself, what I have done with Manchester City should be enough and I don’t have to point to it all the time.