Samir Nasri has admitted that he is not expecting a warm welcome when he turns up at the Emirates with Manchester City on Saturday evening.
The Frenchman, who was signed by Arsene Wenger from Marseille in 2008, spent three years at the Emirates before moving to join the revolution at Manchester City.
Turning down a new contract offer from Arsenal, he left with one year remaining on his contract and many Arsenal fans felt he was abandoning them because of the money on offer from the Manchester side.
Speaking to the press, ahead of the game, Nasri has said
“I don’t expect to be welcomed with open arms by the crowd but hopefully that’s because they were disappointed to see me leave and perhaps at some point they loved me.
“But when I am on the pitch I don’t focus on the opposition fans, I am focused on doing my best for the team.”
To a certain degrees, he is, of course, correct. Fans don’t get angry over players they don’t like or rate but other factors come in to play as well, such as what is said by the player after he leaves which can impact on the negative feeling to either exacerbate it or ease tensions.
Manchester City travel to the Emirates, where no top four side has managed to score this season in the league, without their main striker Sergio Aguero. They are, however, second top scorers in the league this season with 79. They have the best goal difference in the league – +52by