Samir Nasri has officially left Manchester City and signed for Turkish side, Antalyaspor.
Nasri has signed a two-year deal with Antalyaspor after spending six years as a City player.
During his time at City, he managed to score 18 Premier League goals in 124 appearances – the same amount as he netted during his three years at Arsenal under Arsene Wenger, a man he still claims to deeply respect.
While most Arsenal fans despise the former France international after he forced a move to City for higher wages in 2011, it’s still a shame to think about the player he could have become if he’d just been patient and stayed in north London.
The midfielder was hugely talented, signing from Marseille in 2008 and making a total of 125 appearances for the Gunners across all competitions, scoring 27 goals and assisting 16.
Even though he had to play second fiddle to Cesc Febregas, Wenger wouldn’t bench him and instead just pushed him around between left wing, right wing and occasionally attacking midfield during the 2010/11 season. That season, the season before he went to City, he scored 15. Before Christmas, he looked unstoppable.
Every Gooner I know remembers that brace against Fulham.
Once he signed for City, however, he realised that the grass isn’t always greener. The midfielder, who was just 24 at the time, made 45 appearances during his new team’s title-winning campaign. However, he found it almost impossible to regularly get 90 minutes under his belt and this only got worse.
The season before Nasri was sent out on loan to Sevilla, he made just 12 Premiership appearances for the Sky Blues.
He went from being the Next Big Thing to an injury-prone Mercenary, who most Gooners now laugh at. It’s a shame… but he made his bed six years ago when he decided that money was more valuable than Arsene Wenger’s faith.