Nasri wants Ballon D’Or

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Samir Nasri

Samir Nasri has revealed that his primary motivation in seeking a move away from Arsenal is not money, but personal glory.

It has long been mooted that Nasri’s refusal to sign a new deal at the club which made him so well renowned was due to the fact more cash was on offer elsewhere and also that a Bosman deal next summer would allow him to roll around on his bed throwing bundles of high denomination notes about the place whilst touching his special area.

However, Nasri told the News of of the World that money was not part of his decision making process. “We already earn huge wages. The priority is to make a big career and to win titles. I am hungry for titles. I play football because I love this sport and want to feel the emotion of winning.

“With no titles under your belt, you can’t be in the list for the Ballon D’Or”.

Nasri’s desire to win football’s most prestigious individual award may only happen if his salary crosses the £100,ooo per week mark, and with Arsenal only offering a piffling £90,000 he may well have to make a very difficult decision to ensure his footballing ambitions are achieved.

Our thoughts are with him.

 

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SP
SP

Wow, this is one poor piece of “journalism”. His point is a valid one.

GambianRasta
GambianRasta

…said Samir and signed with the title guaranteeing team that is Man City for £180.000 a week and a spaceship.

Craig

Play fucking better in the second half of the season and you will win some titles!

I don’t really believe anything the NotW print but if this is true then it just seems that players these days either want money or piggy back on squads of players who are better than them to make themselves look better.

Akhil Nayak
Akhil Nayak

YEAH!!!!!! That MOFU should know that playing shit in the second half of the season won’t give you even My’Dor……………Those Carling cup misses,,,, that “not-seeing-carlingcup-Bendtner-pass-which-in-his-place-CescFab-would-have-done” NOPASS,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Those weak shots………….He is lazy to run………He is good but i doubt English League is his forte………..

AusGunner
AusGunner

I think Nasri’s camp is being dickish but the idea that Arsenal is ‘the club which made him so well renowned’ is somewhat disingenuous. Nasri was a big talent in France playing at a big club and had been earmarked from an early age as one of the stars of the future of French football. I think by those early expectations set for him he’s underachieved slightly but I think wherever he went after Marseilles he more than likely would have made a (bigger) name for himself.

dan werren
dan werren

Does nasri have any class at all? Does he know that football is a team game.

eduardo
eduardo

funny that it was mid season when we were still in the all four competitions and actually in the CC final that he broke off talks on the new contract when he was offered £90K a week,
as others pointed out, if he had kept up his performances in second half of the season – 1 goal and no assists from 6th of jan, then maybe we would have won some trophies, funny how these over inflated egos of players always blame others for the teams lack of success, pity they don’t look at their own part in the collaspe.
Greedy cnuts is all most of them are

Akhil Nayak
Akhil Nayak

Very Good Observation

yash
yash

he got one assist against barca..:)nevetheless..good point..:)

argonaut
argonaut

Yeah, and I want a pony. That ain’t gonna happen, either.

Midfield Corporal
Midfield Corporal

Don’t get a pony mate, lots of work and commitment. Why not offer to excercise the horses at a local stable first, see if it’s really what you want.

Eugh
Eugh

Can we not just shackle him in a dungeon somewhere under Colney as a lesson to be remembered by all @ Arsenal about what happens if you’re a ****? His comments sum up exactly what is wrong with most of our squad. Where’s the talk of collective responsibility? It pisses me off that it doesn’t even register with Nasri that HE was a key part of a team which has won FA. I say if we can get serious dosh from City, let him go, watch his career disintegrate, and stick Eboue up as attacking left mid.

argonaut
argonaut

Screw the idea of collective responsibility — that just allows people that mess up to pass the buck onto the rest of their team. I want to see individual responsibility. I want to see players playing as if their lives depended on it and hating to let down their team mates.

Any player that wants to leave Arsenal is not fit to have the cannon on their chest. It’s time to get tough with these prima donnas.

foxrocks
foxrocks

Nasri isn’t ever going to be good enough to win the Ballon d’Or.

Donkatron
Donkatron

i’m not being funny but Henry won titles and was the best player in Eurpoe by a country mile and still never won the Ballon D’or.

Robin
Robin

True, Henry never won the title of Ballon D’or because he did not match the criteria which is…
1) You must play for Barcelona
2) You must be somehow associated with Barcelona
3) You must be willing to suck the FIFA presidents cock
4) You need to master the art of diving

By those criteria it would seem Henry never had a chance 🙂

RightBack
RightBack

Piss him off to a team outside of the EPL and wait for his autobiography where Arsenal dicked him the salary he deserved, otherwise he’d have stayed. No player is bigger than the club, sorry sami

Mooro
Mooro

Is he really that stupid/badly advised to come out with that shite?

I know it’ll never happen because football’s a business and we’ll be cutting our nose off blah blah blah, but with Euro 2012 next year, hold him to the final year of his contract and stick him in the reserves all season.

Stick that up your Balloon Knot – sorry, D’or – m’son.

Paul
Paul

He’s a cunt lads. Let the cunt go and play half a season else where. He needs to be surrounded by his own kind so either Manc club will do.

M
M

The mancs are cunts, yet they win trophies year in year out mate. i don’t think samir has said anything wrong here. he’s only stating the fact.

The thing is, he basically carried us for the first part of the season. yes he choked at the end. but where were the remaining 10 players on the pitch. he cant be asked to step up every single time while everyone else is asleep. he did well for us. we should at least be grateful to him, fuck knows where we would have been by january without him.

Grahlinho
Grahlinho

I think this will be a real turningpoint for Arsenal, if they makes him stay it will show that we can support bigger players. If he leaves than it will show that Evra is right and that Arsenal is a Springboard. And if he then leaves i think arsenal would have a rough few years…. I think Nasri has the potential to be great, but he has to show it over more then six months, thats why i think its wrong for him to leave at this point, in which bigger club is he granted the same devolpmentstage or the first choice for the regular spot through the entire season? hmmm… will see how you work out if you go… hope you stay

Daren
Daren

He may well be after money, but it still is a valid point.

Besides, assuming that ‘He’s really just after more money’ is as good as the Daily Star saying that RVP’s going to hand in a transfer request i.e. painting a false picture with absolutely no foundation whatsoever. How do you know he isn’t voicing genuine concerns?

Dismissing him as a money-seeking nut, takes away from the real issue – we’re only viewed as a stepping stone now.

PJW
PJW

Seriously.. what is the basis for making him about to be this greedy asshole? None of these rumor stories have any quotes from him. His life is not indebted to this club. As fans we should just hope that a quality and rather intelligent player decides to stay with us.

NorthernGoon
NorthernGoon

I’m not naive enough to believe that this is his raison d’être in football but go with me on this. We as a club have given him this excuse. What ambition have we shown since our failures became apparent? And I don’t mean just this season. Perhaps I’ve finally jumped on the doom and gloom wagon but for me we need to be showing our intent now. Cesc who has been loyal despite his desire to play for barca has consistently stated that all he wants to do is win trophies. We’ve not exactly done our utmost to give ourselves the best chance of doing that in recent years have we?!

Tonasaurus
Tonasaurus

Funny that at the end of the season he claimed we were the best team yet all of a sudden we’re not good enough. The likes of Denilson, Nasri and Bendtner all want to leave because they are “winners”. This begs the question of how, with a a squad made up entirely of winners the trophy cabinet is so bloody empty. They need to take a look at themselves and ask whether at the end of the game they have bust a gut to get a result, if not keep your mouth shut. I can put up with players being technically crap but still putting in the effort, if someone gave me a first team shirt next season and chucked me onto the pitch I would be shit no doubt, but at least I’d make an effort. It’s too easy for this squad to look at the man next to him in the locker room and say well, it was his fault too… firstly because when you are sat next to Squillaci or Almunia it probably was, and secondly because they have had praise heaped on them from such an early age by agents and their mates that they have hugely over-inflated egos. To be honest, unless they wake up and smell the coffee they’ll be sitting out the rest of their careers on the bench at another ‘big club’, playing in a second rate European league or in some god-forsaken shit hole in the arse end of nowhere. The flip side is, if we get anyone in to replace them, will they be any different? Sadly I’m not convinced they will be.

Eugh
Eugh

A bit harsh Argo, given a group is made up of individuals & all that, though you’re right they need to feel the responsibility individually too.. Generally I think the club need to be firmer than they seem – tell Cesc he isn’t going anywhere yet, and offload Nasri to the highest bidder as he’s so openly shown he thinks he’s more important than the team. How would he do anyway? When you think about how most players that leave us turn out to actually be sh*t, plus that when Wenger inherited a decent team he turned them into greats, it’s easy to think maybe they’re simply not good enough (with too few exceptions) & Wenger is performing miracles with a sub-standard group. Which does beg the question, why?

argonaut
argonaut

Yes, maybe I was being harsh, but I am sick of all these players saying that it’s everyone’s fault, which let’s those that have messed up or couldn’t be bothered off the hook. When you genuinely have a team of winners, then the collective responsibility approach works, but when you don’t it just papers over the cracks.

Wenger is a good manager, if a little tactically naive at times. It seems that in the period when we’ve not won anything it’s as if we are approaching the transfer market with an entirely different rulebook to all these other clubs. We are trying to be sensible with our funds and allocate them appropriately, so it’s hard to compete with clubs with seemingly limitless funds.

I believe that the only way we can genuinely compete with those sorts of clubs is to offer something other clubs can’t, and that is the best academy, coaching and personal development of any club. Perhaps we should focus on getting the top coaches in every department (something we obviously don’t have at present), then young talent will beat a path to our door.

Paul
Paul

The reason we didn’t win anything last season is because Nasri et al didn’t perform. If he wants to win things then he should play all season. He like others lacked heart. No passion for the club just a whining little bitch looking for others to carry him while he counts his money. Fuck’m.

Junichi B
Junichi B

Passion don’t win things. Quality and experience of winning do. The problem, main issue, is when we are under pressure, who can take the burning torch and say, follow me? No one, maybe Cesc, but most of the time injured. But who else? Verma, wasn’t there? Who else? Robin? Maybe and that’s all. Nasri has won nothing and still needs someone who tape his shoulder, look over him. As the others. Zidane, who really became the player he was after the world cup said he learnt the culture of winning at Juve. Not before, Juve. And so he started to grow there, because he was surronded by players, who had won things, who could told him : “C’mon boy, it’s okay”. And Zizou was 26 at the time. Nasri he still a young player, we’re still a young team, but we now need some leaders. Not technical leaders, but players who bring calmess and confidence. Some Ferdinand, Terry (yes, Terry), Lampard, Vidic, Giggs, etc. All of this started the day we sold Gilberto. And then Kolo to stay with Gallas. Etc.

Will
Will

it’s no co-incidence that since the 50% tax on all professional football players wages, that we have this kind of nonsense coming from players. not all of them, but those that do (nasri adebayor bentdner) are being linked with super cash rich clubs like city, why? Simple economics I’m afraid, if nasri was on a total of £40,000 a week, well after taxes he’s now on £20,000. & so we offer him a new deal worth £90,000 Pw he takes home £45,000, so his agent has a word, explains that his contract is due to expire in 12 months time, & man city could well afford to offer him let’s say £130,000 Pw £65,000 after taxes, so all he has to do is wait, an leave us for free, receive a huge signing on fee, (10% of which goes to his agent)
So it’s no wonder we have players looking to leave, I view nasri’s situation differently to cescs, cesc has real class, & only wants to leave for his boyhood club, not money, whereas nasri’s agenda is motivated purely by money, in todays game money is king, & it’ll always root out those players who truly love the club, & those who truly love money, it remInds me of anelka all those years ago, his agent pulling the strings behind the scenes. if nasri won’t sign a new deal then sell him, to the highest bidder, the club will still go on, he Wil be replaced, & in five years time people will ask Samir who? personally I’d be more worried if it was wenger that wanted to leave.

Junichi B
Junichi B

I just think Nasri and Cesc have a different story with the club. One was brought to high level by the club, not the other. One has spent 8 years in the club, not the other. And, I think, that for the same wages he is earning at the moment, Nasri would join Barcelona if they desperately wanted him.

Mr Teddy Ears
Mr Teddy Ears

I think he should be repeatedly kicked in his Ballon D’Or’s the prick and fuck off to city with his greedy mate who hates going on coaches.

The pair of them can both dress as a pantomime horse he can be the arse end !!!

Bilbo
Bilbo

QFT

Titus Van Damme
Titus Van Damme

I agree. that bucktoothed fuckmonkey can tongue the winnets off my ring then fuck off up north

Junichi B
Junichi B

Well, if I had the possibility to join United and yes, WIN something, I think I would have done it. Nasri is not Wilshere in the sense we can’t expect him to love the club the way Wilshere, Fabregas or Van Persie love it. He is ambitious, he has the right to be so. He want to make a big career, ok, Henry left the club to win the Champions League when he felt we would not win something anymore. Ok. Arsenal made Nasri? No, sorry, he was already an international before joinning the club, playing in the biggest club in France. He could have signed for Inter or Milan the year he’s signed for Arsenal. The situation pissed us of. It’s normal. Cesc, is he going or not? Who, better than Downing or yound lad will join us? All those question may be questions for player as well. But as we were handed contract to Eboué, Rosicky, Diaby, etc. how the fuck the Nasri situation wasn’t fix at the beginning of last season, I mean well before the Liverpool game?

llpadrino
llpadrino

I wonder if thats what he also said when he left Marseille.

vox in Oz
vox in Oz

twat!

vox in Oz
vox in Oz

and get your teeth fixed and cleaned. TWat. Fuck him off, buy Parker! 90k a week… twat!

Mr Teddy Ears
Mr Teddy Ears

Twat indeed

aaberg
aaberg

I dotn get it. We all want the boss to spend. Why not on nasri? He has more loyality to arsenal than someone we’d sign who never played for us before, more potential and probably more skill. If he had the same last season with another squad I’dd welccome him as a signing over the players we are being linked to. No player is bigger than the club but if we only play those that are truely loyal we’re gonna have trouble fielding a team of 11

paddymac
paddymac

You’ve contradicted your own argument there. “No player is bigger than the club” – exactly, so why should we be held to ransom by a player who hasn’t even come close to deserving wages in the region of what he’s demanding. “He has more loyality to arsenal than someone we’d sign who never played for us before” that makes no sense, if he had any loyalty he would’ve signed a contract long ago and would be looking forward to playing in an Arsenal shirt next season. It’s loyalty that’s the issue, he’s a money-grabbing cunt and he can fuck off somewhere else, along with his cuntmonger of an agent.

Luwa
Luwa

@paddymac: there is no more loyalty in football, so lets all wake up and smell the coffee…i bet adebayor at man city doesnt deserve his wages, neither is john carew worth 30+mil. im sure you would jump at an improved offer and resign your job if another company came knocking. If Arsenal FC wants to win anything , i’ll say they ought to start paying players like champions. if not, we’ll be a mid table club with a very rich board in a few years time…and guess what? even Arsene would leave.

paddymac
paddymac

I don’t buy the whole “if a company offered you more wages you’d jump at the chance” argument, it’s the response of a simpleton. The reality is that these players earn enough in ten years to retire comfortably, but all that motivates them is greed. Someone doing an office job earning 20k a year gets offered 22k somewhere else, sure he’s going to consider it because he probably needs the money. It depends how much you love your job. If you were working for a company you absolutely love and you cared about, you might consider a wage cut to keep the company going because you’re emotionally involved. I take the point that players don’t seem to care about their clubs any more, but why should we accept that? There’s still players like Jack who who do anything for their club… I for one am not bothered if Nasri leaves, his attitude to football is more suited to Man City’s philosphy,

paddymac
paddymac

I wonder why players dig these holes for themselves. He could still end up in an Arsenal shirt next season – what will the fans’ reaction be like if that does happen?

Luwa
Luwa

score a hattrick and he’s back on the fav list, i know i’ll chant his name< specialy if he does it against the mancs.

paddymac
paddymac

Well fair enough, I’ll enjoy the hat-trick too but will be thinking “meh. he’s still a cunt and is off on a free in a few months time”

Matan
Matan

Wenger should let Nasri play for the reserves all season.

World Class
World Class

Nasri to hoist Ballon d’Or in United colors.

sammy1414
sammy1414

WOW..? Are you serious with this article? He was making a statement of fact in regards to the idea that to receive anything you have to first win with your team. You took one sentence from an entire interview, and made him look terrible. How bout the rest of the article? You know where he talks about just wanting to win trophies, and that being the reason he came here in the first place. Or the part about keeping his priorities in line and knowing the value of money and that’s an unimportant.

I’d expect better from this site, honestly.

PJW
PJW

Wait? You mean a world-class player has ambition to win titles and be considered the best in the world? Yeah, what an asshole..

If you actually read all of his quotes from this interview you can see his intelligence and where his priorities. And they definitely are not with money. You should really research this guys background a little more if you actually think he’s just about money.

Paul
Paul

I read the article and yes he has ambition which is no bad thing. The issue is he has no loyalty or sense of passion for Arsenal FC. It is clear that his only concern is his wants and needs. He could be typical of the modern mercenary footballer but it doesn’t make it any more palatable. And I don’t believe for one minute he has little regard for the money. He is what he is a millionaire journey man who when it came to the crunch last season lacked the emotional conection to the club and fans to step up to the mark. Cesc is a millionaire footballer who has the passion like wise Messi and the boys. So I say again fuck Nasri and adios.

PJW
PJW

What evidence do you have that he values money so much? He was born on the streets of Marseille and has made note that this was a blessing, because he was so close with his family. Why would a guy raised like that be motivated by money? You don’t have to like the guy, but it is so completely disrespectful to make assumptions about what he values when he has clearly stated that money is not one of those things.

Luwa
Luwa

Lets be realistic here, Nasri is by far one of our best players, letting him go would see another season of rebuilding a team which would land us probably 4th or even drop out of the top four (dont think we’ll get the get out of jail card every season). if we loose cesc and nasri then what happens? we give ramsey, wilshere and whatever new players a season to gel and finish 3rd, then when the team is almost ripe another big team comes knocking for wilshere or ramsey…and we are right where we’ve been for the past 6 seasons. a fucking merry go round…we keep selling of the best players and rebuilding…our current squad isnt that far from trophies, we need to keep them and add one or two experienced players with captainship qualities, not rebuilding all the time.

NorthernGoon
NorthernGoon

Let’s take it to brass tacks then eh?! Ideals win sod all. So Nasri might be money grabbing but at the end of the day hes one f our best players by a country mile. Cesc will leave next year if not this and then what? Scary thoughts peeps scary thoughts.

ATLGooner
ATLGooner

What is Arsenal doing with all the money stock-piled from selling Adebayor and Toure?!

Wenger needs to start taking transfer lessons from Fergie. If Wenger was tasked with replacing ManU’s retired star GK, he would still be trying to penny-pinch Atletico Madrid instead of locking up Da Gea fast like Fergie did.

Buy some star CBs or sack the board!

the elves are coming
the elves are coming

we need to stop blaming nasri for the teams poor performances in the second half of the season…it certainly isnt logical…yes he missed a one on one against bolton but i doubt our season would have dramatically changed had he scored that opportunity…

What was more frightening was cescs lack of form albeit understandable due to the recurring injuries….cesc looked incapable of hitting the target unless twas a penalty…(i am not suggesting cesc should be sold by any stretch of the imagination…he is still is our best player by far…)

imagine if nasris first half of the season wasnt as good as twas…where would arsenal have ended up on the epl table?

Nasris dip in form coincided with him being placed on the wing again following cescs recovery…

So cut the guy some slack…he was a vital component this season whether you like him or not…

Its also strange that all this slating only appears after the whole contract debacle came to light….if there were no contract issues would everyone still be pissing on him to this extent??…

perrygrovesworld
perrygrovesworld

This is just the usual shit all players in na$ri’s position come out with when all fans know they’re after more money. As arseblogger says, would he sign for citeh if they offer less than us? Would he fuck. And as for us not being able to attract top names any more that we keep hearing – how many top names could citeh attract before they became a shit-rich, soulless, empty shell of a club?? Greedy cunts the lot of them

Adam
Adam

My opinion is nasri only thinks about himself. He doesnt love the club. Before this season hes just a mediocre player with a few brilliant moments. He just didnt do enough. Then suddenly after france doesnt pick him for the world cup, he wakes up and start playing. Now hes just like adebayoor. After 1 good season, he wants to be the same level as cesc. Cesc have been performing for 8 seasons. He gave us commitment and heart. Just after a good half season peoples go blind and cant see nasri fault anymore.

enis
enis

Oh dear, I am afraid Arseblog’s got something really weird going against Nasri. Even after all Cesc has done, there’s still this talk of his being classy, even after his continued collusion with Barcelona’s efforts at tapping him up.

Nasri is class, and he is doing all of us a great service by demanding a better deal, both in terms of wages and in incoming players. It is disrespectful that Arsenal’s players earn wages as low as they do. It’s silly to compare their wages to yours, you ought to compare them to those of players at other top clubs.

You talk of loyalty, but what loyalty is the club showing them by refusing to give them wages worthy of their level? These players aren’t in this just for laughs, these are their careers. They haven’t their whole lives to spend patiently waiting for better from Wenger and the board. It’s a short career, and then that’s that.

Nasri was already a big name before he came to Arsenal. He came hoping that the club would be good for him. We are sending a very bad message out to young players across the world who would have considered joining Arsenal if we cannot honour our best and brightest.

paddymac
paddymac

Are you Nasri’s agent?

kianian
kianian

Arseblog, i enjoy your blog generally. but the sharp contrast in your treatments wrt to cesc and nasri have been embarassing. if cesc is winning at arsenal he won’t be itching for a move to barca. the same applies to nasri. the fact that one doesn’t speak and the other speaks doesn’t make them different. they have become big players and sadly the team hasn’t moved up in tandem. i’ve been supporting this club for ages and love this club just as much as you do. but this is a sad truth. if they go i can only wish them well. and no, i won’t do the same as you have been doing. just too embarrassing.

paddymac
paddymac

The point that Blogs is making is that Cesc has consistently earned his high wages and the respect of the fans. Nasri, off the back of 5 months of good form, hasn’t. You can’t compare the two.

BB
BB

he needs to grow his own balls first and realise that a season doesn’t end in January. then he might win some trophies

Elly
Elly

He might want to take note of the fact that you can’t be in the list for the Ballon D’Or by playing well for 3 months of the season and sulking for the rest either.

Edward Hackney

This has probably been covered but there’s so many arses replying I can’t be arsed to check! 😉

This is the only explanation I can think of that explains the Nasri situation, and one I haven’t really seen you entertain yet Arseblog? (although i know from what you’ve written lately how ya feeling about this situation :P)

Based on as much trusted information the papers have (sweet FA) I think Wenger being Wenger has decided to take a massive gamble on Nasri and use this season to prove to him he’s in the right place. Wenger can’t even bare to dispatch players like Denilson who he’s brought up since they we’re kids (it’s not an easy thing to kick a player out you brought up and have spent the last 8years with, don’t underestimate the power of friendship, i know he’s a manager and an experienced one at that but he deals with developing kids into great players and if he didn’t form a bond with players over time then he wouldn’t be human) so when it comes to Nasri and the risk he took at bringing him to England (not a massive one in wenger respects but still 11m was a lot for an unproven kid) then think about the possibility of letting that raw skill/talent flourish somewhere else, that would kill a man like Wenger, he’s to proud of his players to let one with such potential (untapped potential still I’ll admit) slip away and will attempt to keep him at any cost. I’m positive he will have sat nasri down the second he arrived back from the summer and told him he’s going no where, but then explained to him in a way only wenger can that here’s the best offer Arsenal will ever offer him financially take it for 1 more season and if he focuses, plays hard, learns from last years mistakes and most importantly listens to Wenger he will win everything he needs to win with the ARSENAL and no one else will matter, then at the end of the season if he still wants to go he will let him.

Only medals will keep Nasri if what we read is to be believed, I can understand why he’d wanna go, shit we have a 6 year record of exactly 0 winners medals. It must be doing his tiny little French head in listening to that weasel shagging evra cunt banging on about how great it is to win so many medals while there off on international duty, who’s head wouldn’t be turned by that and more money? Wenger needs to step up and prove we can do it, we play the type of football Nasri wants to play none of the other hoof footed prem teams do so we’re already half way there, now we just need a medal and imagine how fucking good we’d all feel? Let alone the players. If this is another baron season keeping Nasri will be the least of our worries, doesn’t matter how good your reputation used to be 7 years without a medal isn’t going to attract anyone to your club!

My two pence anyways.

Edward Hackney

damn how do i delete this, i was meant to post it on todays story not this one!

rectum spectrum
rectum spectrum

He’s almost there….he’s already a balloon, now we should show him the d’or.