Nasri Tweets His Way Further Out Of Arsenal
|Date Added: August 16, 2011 07:34:02 PM|
|Author: Drew Swainston|
|Category: Teams: UEFA: England: Arsenal|
Twitter, the popular social networking site, is the current bain of footballer manager’s lives at the moment. Its ability to give footballers the platform to air their grievances without regulation is a constant concern.
Before Twitter players used to go to the press, but with the media’s access to the players more tightly regulated by clubs that loophole was closed. But when it comes from the horse’s mouth, there is little the bosses can do.
That isn’t to say the reasons behind their bleating are any different. Samir Nasri has turned down a L90,000 a week contract at Arsenal in the knowledge he could earn almost double that up at oil-fuelled Manchester City.
With the Frenchman only having a year left on his contract he effectively has the club over the barrel. They either sell him now or risk him going on a free next year.
The fans know this and so gave Nasri some abuse at Saturday during the club’s first live football of the season away at Newcastle.
Nasri couldn’t have missed the chants and took to Twitter to vent his feelings, slamming the supporters for the abuse and reminding them he is still an Arsenal player.
However, with a City move imminent I get the impression he is merely positioning himself for the transfer and shifting some of the blame for his inevitable departure onto the fans.
He can now take his new pay-cheque at the Etihad Stadium and claim he was ‘forced out’ by the angry Arsenal supporters. It is a similar game we have seen before when players have jumped ship for a pay-rise.
Not that it is just about the money (though it helps). Man City are on the way up and have a great chance of winning trophies this season – they are certainly ahead of the Gunners in the Premier League betting. But the Gunners fans would rather he is honest about his intentions – like his midfield partner Cesc Fabregas – instead of trying to blame the supporters who have backed him ever since he first arrived at the Emirates Stadium.
Sadly though, Nasri isn’t the first and he most definitely be the last to use such tactics.I thouroughly expect him to be seen in a light blue shirt very shortly.