Nasri to Arsenal on why Van Persie will leave: You're only good for 3rd

Brands his former teammates 'mercenaries'

Samir Nasri has taunted his former club Arsenal for their failure to win a trophy since 2005, according to a report in the Mirror.

The midfielder left Emirates in acrimonious circumstances last summer  with many questioning his £24 million move to Manchester City.

Nasri claimed his Premier League title triumph with City had vindicated his decision.

"People at Arsenal tried to make out that I came here for the money," said Nasri.

"I hope they are watching me now collecting my Premier League winner's medal. I believe they have not won a trophy for many seasons now."

He not only ridiculed the Gunners for failing to win any silverware, he claimed that Arsenal fans should be content with their third-place finish.

 

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The French international also branded many of the London club's current players mercenaries with no desire to win trophies.

He said: "If all that I was interested in was money, the easiest decision would have been to stay at Arsenal, picking up my money every week and walking into the team - there are many people doing this right now at Arsenal.

"I made the hard choice to come and fight for my place at a big club, where they never settle for second best, and I have proved it correct."

Nasri also wanted to bury the hatchet with the Gunners faithful whom he termed "disrespectful".

He said: "I now hope the Arsenal fans can get on with their lives and forget me.

"They should celebrate their third-place achievement and I will focus on winning titles."

Van Persie poised for Arsenal talks

Arsenal are preparing to smash their current wage structure as they prepare to hold contract talks with captain Robin van Persie, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Gunners' sealed a rollercoaster season on Sunday by clinching a third place finish that gives them automatic qualification for next season's Champions League group stage.

Now the north London giants have turned their attention to the key issue of trying to persuade Dutch striker van Persie to extend his stay at the Emirates beyond his current deal which expires in 2013.

A clutch of clubs are keen to secure van Persie, with newly crowned champions Manchester City able to offer the 28-year-old financial terms that would easily eclipse anything tabled by Arsenal.

However the Daily Mail reported Tuesday that van Persie, currently earning around £70,000 (112,000 dollars) per week, would be offered a three-year deal worth a weekly salary of £130,000 plus a signing bonus of £5 million.

The Mail reported that van Persie will meet Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and club chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Wednesday to discuss his future.

Meanwhile van Persie, who is reportedly keen to stay in London, has praised the spirit shown by Arsenal to finish third after a season which featured a series of low points, including an 8-2 thrashing by Manchester United and an abject 4-0 drubbing by AC Milan in the Champions League.

"It was double important to finish third and also above Spurs. We knew what was at stake," van Persie said.

"We are definitely in the Champions League again, and that was the main target from the match.

"It is incredible. We had to dig deep and come back on a couple of occasions where we were having a hard time," the Dutchman said.

"At the start of the season, we had a very difficult period, but we bounced back very well from that."
 

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