Samir Nasri is a piece of work.
Merely 24 hours after Roberto Mancini’s comments that he would like “to give [Samir Nasri] a punch” tore through the footballing world, the French winger took to Al-Jazeera’s beIN Sport network to respond. After expressing his discontent over Mancini’s comments and claiming that he plays with more than the 50% effort that Mancini claims he does, Nasri pulled one of the more fantastic verbal 360’s in recent memory by expressing his undying love for Arsene Wenger.
“Arsene Wenger is the greatest coach I’ve worked with,” said Nasri. “If I’d worked with Wenger at Manchester City, maybe I would have avoided some problems.”
“Arsene Wenger is the one who understood me most, with whom I had the greatest affinity. I’m very grateful to him as he signed me after perhaps my worst season at Marseille when I had a bout of meningitis. He played a huge role in my career.”
The comments may come as a shock to Wenger and Arsenal fans, who Nasri left beaten and bleeding in 2011 when he skipped his way out of the Emirates and into the Etihad. The comments will likely make Gunners supporters wonder – If Nasri felt close to Wenger, then why leave? Or perhaps – If Wenger truly was the man ‘who understood [you] the most’ why would you stab him directly in the back?
But do yourselves a favor, Arsenal fans. Don’t waste precious brain power on such thoughts. Because Nasri’s words and this entire situation have nothing to do with Wenger or Arsenal. This situation is about Samir looking out for Samir – as has always been the case when it comes to the Frenchman. So despite how adamant he is that his move to City was “purely for sporting reasons,” there’s no denying that the four-year, $263,000-a-week contract that he signed with City more than doubled what he was earning at Arsenal.
Does Nasri miss Wenger? Possibly. But the only reason why Nasri is crying out for his old teddy bear is because he’s been wounded by Mancini’s comments. It’s a defense mechanism of the weakest form. And it’s truly pathetic.
Heading into the their final UEFA Champions League Group B game, Manchester United hold their destiny in their own hands, but any slip-up could mean it’s Europa League on Thursday nights for Louis Van Gaal‘s men.
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The Red Devils would have advanced to the knockout stage with a victory over third-place PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, but slumped to an ugly 0-0 draw instead.
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So, here’s all of the scenarios for the final matchday of the group stage, away to Wolfsburg, in which United would advance to the round of 16 advance:
- A Man United win will see Man United finish top of Group B
- A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV draw or loss (vs. CSKA Moscow), will see Man United finish second in Group B
- A Man United draw, coupled with a PSV victory, will see Man United finish third in Group B
- A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV loss, will see Man United finish second in Group B
- A Man United loss by more than one goal, coupled with a PSV draw, would see Man United finish third in Group B
- A Man United loss, coupled with a PSV win, would see Man United finish third in Group B
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There are your scenarios for Man United as it’s pretty simple to break it down: Win, and they go through. Fail to win, and their fate is completely in the hands of PSV.
The Foxes are top of the Premier League and are led by a surging Jamie Vardy but how long can they keep shocking the world?
With six tough games coming up between now and the start of 2016, Claudio Ranieri‘s men will be pushed to their limit but so far this season they’ve been sensational and Vardy has equaled Manchester United legend Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in 10-straight PL games.
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Can he make it 11 in a row on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) when United visit the King Power Stadium? As for the Red Devils, they sit in second place and are just one point behind the flying Foxes’. Louis Van Gaal‘s men have certainly flown under the radar so far and our churning out wins at an impressive rate.
Jenna Corrado and I discuss that and more in the latest edition of PST Extra. Click play on the video above to see our chat in full.
Rog and Davo revel in another chapter of the Leicester City fairytale, break down Liverpool’s shock dismantling of Manchester City and discuss Arsenal’s slip against West Brom.
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Joe Hart was forced to leave Manchester City’s 1-0 defeat to Juventus in UEFA Champions League play on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury, which he seemed to incur while making a spectacular one-on-one kick-save late in the second half.
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Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed after the game that Hart’s injury is indeed a hamstring issue, and went on to say that he would need further tests once the team arrives back in Manchester to determine the severity and how long, if at all, City and England’s no. 1 would be out of action.
Man City, currently third in the Premier League on 26 points, will host eighth-place Southampton at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday (Watch live at 10 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).