The ex-Arsenal star Samir Nasri left the Gunners under a cloud when he moved to moneybags Manchester City for a very large wage packet after scoring 18 goals for the Gunners in 86 appearances. His career started going downhill at that point and it took him six years to reach 18 goals for City as he spent much of the time on the bench. He lost his place in the France national side and was sent unsuccesfully to Sevilla on loan in 2016 and was then sold cheaply to Antalyaspor in Turkey, where he only made 8 appearances before being given an 18-month ban for substance abuse. That is just finished and he has now joined his old boss Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham in an attempt to resurrect his career.
The Hammers boss has high hopes that Nasri will return to his best. “He wants revenge, about the ban of 12 months or more, to decline his career,” said Pellegrini on Sky Sports. “From Arsenal, then City bought him. From there his career declined, without doubt.
“I think we can expect a lot from him because he is a top player. He continues having some minutes, and when he is used to playing 90 minutes again he will be a top player at this club.”
“Every time you choose a player you have a risk without any doubt. Sometimes when you invest more money your risk increases,”
“When I bring players here I say my responsibility doubles than when players were already here with the squad. You must take decisions. This was a risky decision, but not a high-risk one because he signed for six months.
“He made no problem with the contract. He was not fighting for more or less money. He wants to demonstrate between now and June that he is able to be a top player in football.”
And I am sure nothing would give Nasri more pleasure than helping his new club to beat Arsenal, but us Gooners will be just as happy to see him fall flat on his face!