Former Arsenal player Samir Nasri has appreciated Arsene Wenger’s efforts in developing Nasri into a better footballer by developing his ability and style.
The 25-year-old was a regular player at Arsenal but since his transfer to Manchester City, Nasri was occasionally found absent from the starting-eleven.
“If I’m here today it’s because of him. I’ll never forget what he did for me,” Nasri admitted.
“I owe him a lot. He gave me confidence not just as a player but as a man as well.
“That is why I really respect him and really like him because he cared about the men, not just about the players.
“For some managers they want you to be on the pitch and that is it.
“For him he wants to talk to you, to know a little more about you to give you the confidence, it was like a second love for me.
“I played fantastic football for three years and I learned how to play at a high level with a lot of Champions League and I was always in the race for the title.
“And I played with great players, a great manager and it was a great experience.”
Despite all his sentiments for Arsenal, Nasri claims that he had no regrets over the switch he made.
“It was a good challenge for me to come here and win titles because that is what I was missing at Arsenal,” added Nasri.
“Everything was great but I wanted titles.
“So I went to City because I wanted to make history and be part of history and that’s what we did. It was 44 years after their last one and I’m very happy.”
Nasri will face his former team on Sunday at the Emirates.
Compiled by Rida Mehtab (@RidaaMehtaab on Twitter)