With Arsenal set to face Manchester City in the Carling Cup tonight (Tuesday), Nasri could possibly be up against us. During the summer, there was a lot of speculation surrounding the future of Nasri, “would he stay or would he go?” In the end, the French midfielder left Arsenal and joined Manchester City.
Arsene Wenger has now explained why he let Nasri go to City: “You want to keep your young players but when we didn’t reach an agreement over a new contract I prepared myself to face it [the prospect of Nasri leaving],” Wenger told Arsenal Player.
“Overall I knew that Ramsey didn’t play much last year and that he would be in contention if he had a chance not to be injured. In pre-season I felt that Wilshere and Ramsey worked very well together.
“What we did not expect of course was to lose Wilshere on top on that. We had to admit then that we were a little bit exposed quality and number-wise [so we signed more players].”
“I hope Samir gets a good reception,” said Wenger. “I don’t know if he will play but personally I want every player who has played for us to be respected when they come back.
“Samir improved tremendously while he was with us. He has developed fantastically well from a non-scoring player to a guy who could make a decision. Of course he was an important player here and I’m sure he will be for Man City as well.”