Arsene Wenger, knowing full well it will make little difference, has called on Arsenal fans not to abuse Samir Nasri should the French midfielder feature for Manchester City in tomorrow night’s Carling Cup showdown at the Emirates.
While City teammates Kolo Toure and Gael Clichy can expect warm welcomes after long stints in N5, compatriot Nasri will no doubt be readying himself for the same feisty treatment which angry Gooners dished out to Ashley Cole, Nicolas Anelka and Emmanuel Adebayor on their respective returns.
Speaking on the issue, Arsene reiterated his tried and tested line about respect. “You want to respect our players who have played for us,” he said. “That’s what we expect. It’s always more important to support our players rather than be negative against the players of Man City. What is important is that we are united to win the game.
“Also, in the Carling Cup we have different people who are very young,” added the boss. “It’s an occasion where we make the prices very cheap for young people and you feel there is happiness to be there on the night. Hopefully we can keep them happy.”
Arseblog News doesn’t really feel it’s in a position to preach a message of peace and goodwill, but suggests that if Arsene wants us to focus on backing the team, then perhaps that is where energy from the terraces should be directed.
While we know all too well that we too, if headhunted, would probably jump at the chance to double our salaries whilst doing haif as much work, the fact remains that football’s tribalism rules out rationality in such cases.
And if you can’t discover a little something to make you sweeter, treat him like a pantomime villain because that’s as much as he deserves. We’ve moved on, he’s moved on and in the grand scheme of things he doesn’t matter one bit to us anymore.