Former Gunner Emmanuel Frimpong says he never had any respect for Samir Nasri, labelling his ex-teammate an idiot in an interview with the Telegraph.
The Arsenal academy product revealed an incident after a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool which saw him get sent off – shortly before Nasri left Arsenal having spent all summer trying to engineer a move to one of the Manchester clubs.
It was home game early in the season, Frimpong picked up two yellow cards despite generally acquitting himself well, but criticism came from Nasri and not from Arsene Wenger.
“When the game ended, we were in the dressing room and I expected Wenger to be really angry,” he 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.”
Some months later, the pair clashed during and after a Carling Cup game at the Emirates, which Frimpong remembered.
“People never really understand why that happened but I don’t like the guy,” he said.
“The reason I don’t like him is because he’s an idiot. Plain and simple. I would never, ever have respect for him.”
Told there's been a fight in the tunnel. Nasri threw a punch at Frimpong then ran off into the away dressing room.
— arseblog (@arseblog) November 29, 2011
Frimpong also talks about Alex Song’s insatiable love of KFC, the current squad and more in the full interview which you can read here.
And when it comes to Nasri, we’re #teamfrimpong all the way.