Nasri – I moved to play in Europa League

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

SAMIR Nasri has hit back at crit­ics of his mega-money move to Man City by blast­ing Arse­nal for fail­ing to pro­vide the Europa League foot­ball he craved.

Nasri – who was crit­i­cised by Arse­nal fans and la­belled a mer­ce­nary when he left for Man City in the sum­mer – feels vin­di­cated fol­low­ing the 2-0 vic­tory over Bay­ern Mu­nich that helped Man City fin­ish 10 points above Vil­lar­real to qual­ify for the Europa League’s last 32.

“I can’t wait to hear the Europa League an­them as we line up on the pitch on a Thurs­day night,” he said. “The hairs will be stand­ing up on the back of my neck as I hear that tune. How does it go again?”

Nasri was part of an Arse­nal side that vis­ited Barcelona in the Cham­pi­ons League last sea­son, but ad­mits it was dif­fi­cult watch­ing new club City visit the likes of FC Po­litehnica Timisoara.

“If I ever wanted to play Europa League foot­ball I had to leave Arse­nal,” he claimed. “There were mo­ments this sea­son when I won­dered if I had done the right thing mov­ing to City, when it looked as if we were in dan­ger of qual­i­fy­ing for the next round of the Cham­pi­ons League and Arse­nal were on course for the Europa, but now I can look for­ward to pos­si­bly play­ing Stoke.”

Nasri is chomp­ing at the bit to face the Europa League’s finest. “There are no easy names. Whether it’s FC Me­tal­ist Kharkiv, FC Vaslui or Vorskla Poltava, I can’t pro­nounce any of them.” – Talk­sport

Dis­claimer: This story is less cred­i­ble than qual­i­fy­ing for one tour­na­ment by be­ing knocked out of an­other.

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