The former France playmaker’s attitude has been questioned on a number of occasions throughout his career by some of his coaches the likes of Pep Guardiola and Didier Deschamps.
And it now appears that some of Nasri’s former team-mates struggled with the midfielder, who now plays for Turkish side Antalyaspor.
Emmanuel Frimpong, who played at Arsenal while Nasri was there, has gone in two-footed on his former team-mate in an interview with the Telegraph.
“The reason I don’t like him is because he’s an idiot, plain and simple. I would never ever have respect for him.”
It’s strange, given the fact that the pair were only team-mates for two weeks, before Nasri made the switch to City.
Shortly after Nasri’s move to the Etihad in 2011, the pair were on opposing sides when City drew Arsenal in the League Cup. Reportedly the pair clashed on and off the pitch, and Frimpong doesn’t seem to have forgiven Nasri for it.
But the root of the problem stems from a defeat by Liverpool in the 2011-12 season. Arsenal were beaten 2-0, and Nasri reportedly blamed the 19-year-old Frimpong for the result. With the score at 0-0 and 20 minutes to go, Frimpong was sent off.
“When the game ended, we were in the dressing room and I expected Wenger to be really angry,” Frimpong said.
“He was actually very calm, but for some reason Nasri came in and he was like: ‘We lost the game because of you’.
“I was a young guy, didn’t really know what I was doing, and was devastated. I felt like I’d let everybody down and he was really blaming me, so I really didn’t like him.
“He always had a go at me if I gave the ball away in training and even said to me once: ‘I could buy you if I want’. To be honest, he probably could have done at the time, but still.”
Well, that casts Nasri in a good light…
Frimpong plies his trade for Cypriot First Division side Ermis Aradippou these days.