Backpage roundup: ‘Scurrilous’ Wilshere rumour, Nasri’s jibe and more

Nasri: Swapping Arsenal for City Was the Right Decision

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is hoping that the people who vilified him for leaving Arsenal now understand that it was the right decision for his career.

The 24-year-old former Gunner joined the City revolution in the summer of 2011 for a reported transfer fee of £25 million. While he claimed that he left Emirates Stadium in search of trophies and to fulfil his personal ambitions, many people believed that money was the driving force behind his decision.

Now that Nasri has a Premier League winners’ medal, he says that he has proven to his critics that winning titles and not a fatter pay check is why he joined City.

In an interview with France Football, Nasri said: “I am happy at Manchester City because I have my first title. Along with my representatives, I have always been convinced that I made the right decision in joining City. Even though I didn’t play all of the time, I knew that I could improve as a player at City and win titles.

“The controversy regarding my decision was surprising. When you see a squad that includes the likes of (Carlos) Tevez, (Sergio) Aguero, (David) Silva, Yaya Toure and (Vincent) Kompany, you cannot say that I didn’t move for sporting reasons.”


Young Gunner Oguzhan Ozyakup Sold to Besiktas

Arsenal have sold their young reserve player Oguzhan Ozyakup to Turkish club Besiktas for a reported transfer fee of £405,000. (

The Netherlands-born central midfielder, who was recruited by Arsenal in 2008, played only two senior matches for the Gunners, including the 8-2 mauling at the hands of Manchester United last season.

After signing for Besiktas, he told his new club’s official website: “There are many experienced players at this club and I want to learn from them. It’s a significant advantage for me.”

RVP Senior Rules Out City, Real and Barca Moves

Robin van Persie’s dad has revealed that his son won’t sign for Manchester City or any other side in the Barclays Premier League.

The 28-year-old Arsenal ace only has a year left on his current deal and is therefore, being linked with summer moves to clubs such as City, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus. While the player himself is coy on the situation, his father Bob van Persie doesn’t think his son would move to any other Premiership club out of respect for Arsenal. He has also ruled out moving to either of the two Spanish giants.

In an interview with El Mundo Deportivo, RVP Senior said: “He’d never go to Manchester City as it’s impossible he would play for another Premier League side that wasn’t Arsenal.

“It would make no sense to go to Barcelona when they’ve already got Leo Messi. Real Madrid would be a good option, but they are not so much a team as a collection of star names, so he wouldn’t really fit in there either.”


Arsenal Director Rejects ‘Scurrilous’ Rumours Regarding Jack Wilshere

After a rumour surfaced online that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere’s longstanding ankle injury is not real and he has actually been secretly banned for failing a dope test, the club’s Director of Communications Mark Gonnella rubbished it completely and branded it as ‘scurrilous.’ (Metro)

The fabricated info was allegedly the invention of rival club Tottenham’s fans and since Wilshere had recently deactivated his Twitter account, the rumour kept on floating around on the internet without anyone speaking against it.

However, Gonnella has now moved to deny that the rumour is true and threatened legal action against its creators by tweeting: “Ignore scurrilous twitter rumours. Our lawyers have been alerted.”


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