Arsenal's FA Cup victory was expected to be the catalyst for several changes within the club in the coming months and years. After a nine-year trophy drought, they finally have that monkey off their back. They have the money. They have the manager who is staying.They have the stadium that is nearly debt free, and now they even have the silverware.
Samir Nasri's omission from the France World Cup squad caused great surprise among many fans and pundits during the past 24 hours. However, for a nation that has had its share of player revolts and theatrics over the course of the last four major tournaments, head coach Didier Deschamps cannot be faulted for his desire to weed potentially divisive influences out of Les Blues' dressing room.
Samir Nasri to miss the World Cup? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Samir Nasri has spoken to French channel Canal Plusabout his fears on missing out on a place in the World Cup squad.
The Man City star was hit with a three match ban by the French Football Federation for his behaviour at Euro 2012, where he aimed a foul mouthed rant at a journalist, repeatedly calling him a "son of a bitch" amidst complains about the French media.
There were some marvelous scenes at the Etihad from Manchester City's Premier League win yesterday, especially for manager Manuel Pellegrini.And indeed, the Chilean deserves all the praise after achieving a remarkable feat during his first season in England. Simply Increíble!
Minutes before the trophy celebration at Etihad Stadium to crown Manchester City as Premier League champions, City footballers Samir Nasri, Sergio Aguero, Pablo Zabaleta and Joe Hart were interviewed, where they shared their glee at winning the 2013/14 title.
Watch the interviews here:
Joe Hart Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero Pablo Zabaleta
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Manchester City are the 2013/14 Premier League champions.
City clinched the title today after a comfortable victory against West Ham United, even though Liverpool beat Newcastle United at Anfield. After today's matches, City ended up winning the title by two points, to claim its second Premier League trophy in 3 years.
This article is a follow-up to yesterday's article suggesting Samir Nasri poses a problem for Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini. *** Manuel Pellegrini is a manager who clearly values technical ability above all else. So, Martin Demichelis gets picked more often than Joleon Lescott. But then, like other managers before him, he has a technically [.
Wigan Athletic showed that last season's FA Cup final win over Manchester City at Wembley was no fluke as they beat the cup favorites again, this time 2-1 to set up a semifinal date with Arsenal at Wembley.
Jordi Gomez put the Latics ahead from the penalty spot after a mistake by Martin Demichelis and James Perch made it 2-0 after half-time thanks to another City error.
Following Man City's Capital One Cup win yesterday, which saw them defeating Sunderland 3-1, a giant trophy was put up overnight outside the Etihad stadium to celebrate the club's victory. Goals from Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Jesus Navas were enough to seal the deal on Sunday.
Samir Nasri Amazing Goal ~ Manchester City vs Sunderland 2-1 ( Capital One ) 02-03-2014 HD by AllGoalsHD
Less than two minute after Yaya Toure's stunning equalizer, Samir Nasri stakes his claim on goal of the game with this curling screamer which gives Manchester City the lead and quite possibly the first piece of silverware of the season.
Neymar fitness boost for Barca as City tie looms - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester City go into the home game tonight knowing that, after Chelsea's stumbling draw at the Hawthorns, unless Arsenal beat Manchester United, a win would take them back to the top of the pile ahead of the break in league action for the FA Cup.
This season, it could be strongly argued â€” statistics aside â€” that Samir Nasri has been the most influential attacking player at Manchester City. While some fans and journalists outside the club seems to have missed many of his contributions, many supporters are nervous about his long-term absence.
Samir Nasri's injury in the second half of a 2-0 win against Newcastle will undoubtedly make Manchester City's title chances less likely considering the Frenchman will be out of action for eight weeks. The creative midfielder has been in scintillating form recently, and without him in the side, the club will have to either change the way they play or force his replacement to try and replicate his movement and influence without the same set of skills.
Thank you everyone for your kind words and overwhelming support, i suppose its kind of good news that i will be out around 8 weeks Samir Nasri Official (@SamNasri19) January 13, 2014 Samir Nasri has announced the "kind of good news" that he will be out of action for two months. The Manchester City [.
Manchester United will be walking into a cauldron of noise when they enter Donbass Arena for their UEFA Champions League match against Shakhtar Donetsk today. Donetsk has never lost at home to an English team in the Champions League and their manager, Mircea Lucescu, has already started the mind games with Manchester United.
Group play continues this week in the UEFA Champions League. There are a bunch of great matchups, but Manchester City versus Bayern Munich is arguably the best. City have had their customary up and down start to this season, while Bayern have been exceptional under new manager Pep Guardiola. They meet Wednesday in what is sure to be an exciting contest.
Samir Nasri has been in top form for Manchester City in recent weeks since he has been granted the chance to stake a new claim to the first team due to an unfortunate injury to David Silva. While the Spaniard has been gone, former Arsenal man Nasri has been doing more than just filling his boots as the French international is flying high.
[Photo]: Arsenal's Frimpong trolls ex-Gunners Nasri and Song with FIFA 14 Bench Edition - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Emmanuel Frimpong has some sense of humour. Or is he just too smart or too dull to call himself a clown?
The Arsenal midfielder, whose promising career has gone downhill , having made only six appearances for the Gunners, showed the temerity to troll ex-Arsenal players, Samir Nasri and Alex Song on Instagram.
Manchester City attacker Samir Nasri believes he is ready to make good on his second chance with the French national squad after the 26-year-old had been left out of the side following a controversy with journalists after France's exit from the 2012 European Championships. The 26-year-old had been handed a three-match ban from the national squad following comments to the media, but has been recalled for the club's World Cup Qualifiers against Georgia and Belarus.
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri says he's interested in playing for a Major League Soccer team after he leaves Manchester City, and before he finishes his playing career at Olympique Marseille (OM), the club where he began his professional career.
Quoted in L'Equipe newspaper, Nasri said:
"Clearly, economic reality stops me from thinking about playing at OM right now.
Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar, Aguero, Neymar, Messi, Suarez, Ronaldo, Neymar, Neymar. It's all we've heard the last few weeks. Let's face it; we all know what these guys can do. And let's face it; we all expect them to do it. But that's not the real beauty of the World Cup. The beauty is that it unearths huge talent who lift us off our seats, get us talking, and eventually go on to become household names.
Arsenal fans may no longer be a huge fan of Samir Nasri, but they would have to have agree that his girlfriend, Anara Atanas, is one of football's most beautiful girlfriends. She isn't new to the footballers' scene, having reportedly already dated the likes of Freddie Ljungberg, Darren Bent, Kieran Richardson and Jermaine Pennant.
The Manchester Derby has become a goal-scoring spectacle in recent seasons. Score lines with at least five goals seem common now when the blue and red sides of Manchester clash and Sunday's fixture at the Etihad was no exception.
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Manchester City jumped out to an early lead and made things even worse for United when they grabbed a second before the half.
The two sides of Manchester come to blows this afternoon at the Etihad Stadium in an early season derby that will see either side with the potential to move back into the top four or for them to share the spoils and remain just above tenth in the league.
With two wins, one draw and a loss to each of their names both sides will be looking to improve on their early season form and continue to push back to the top.
Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge is determined to put England's disappointing World Cup campaign behind him, after their surprise elimination in the group stage of the tournament.
Luckily for him, the summer break has started early and the 24-year-old was spotted dressed fashionably to celebrate some of the music industry's biggest names at the BET awards ceremony in California on Sunday.
Liverpool star Lucas Leiva feels the absence of striker Daniel Sturridge and midfielder Jordan Henderson will not affect the club's race to the title. Brendan Rodgers' side are leading the Premier League table, five points ahead of second-placed Chelsea and are close to winning the title after almost 24 years after they beat Norwich City 3-2 on Sunday.