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.
Former Arsenal attacker Samir Nasri has praised new Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini for his approach with the club and the players following the Chilean's arrival at the club. Nasri claims he is very happy with life at Manchester City and believes that the Chilean boss is different from other managers in the way he approaches the game and how he handles his work.
Like his fellow Premiership colleague Luis Suarez, Man City's Samir Nasri isn't exactly one of the most loved men in football. With a persona compared to that of a spoilt child, Nasri dislikes talking to the press or giving interviews, unless he is feeling particularly Zen or in a Summery mood, which would be now.
You can't read too much into preseason matches especially this early in training. But Manchester City's two loses in South Africa this week were more alarming for the lack of cutting edge in attack and industry from attacking players than the results themselves.
Edin Dzeko, the club's leading scorer last season, looked well off the pace as the Blues were shown up by Alex Nimely, a 22 year-old Manchester City Academy product whose last Premier League appearance for the club was in the 2009-2010 season.
Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has revealed the reasons as to why he chose Manchester City over Manchester United when he left Arsenal. The French midfielder is currently conducting a live question and answer session on Manchester City's official website and on Twitter, and as part of that he revealed that United were indeed in the running for his signature in 2011.
The calm and perpetually pensive Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed that he is leaving Malaga at the end of the season. Sure, half the Spanish broadsheets had been chanting "Manchester City!" since the start of the year, but Pellegrini's own statements about his departure and own objectives for next season hardly correlates with a team like City.
Samir Nasri has talked up Manuel Pellgrini's prospects of success at Manchester City while suggesting former boss Roberto Mancini was unable to get to grips with different personalities in the City dressing room. The France international was full of praise for the man widely expected to become his new manager.
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.
@danny1512boy no comment... LOL pic.twitter.com/PRTw9NuF6M Benoit Assou-Ekotto (@AssouEkotto) July 4, 2013 Spurs left-back Benoit Assou Ekotto got his own back on an internet troll with some trolling of his own. The Arsenal fan, Daniel Stevenson, contacted Assou Ekotto on Twitter to serve up some banter that was on par with his grammar.
Liverpool have tabled a â‚¬15m (Â£12.8m) bid for Arsenal target Clement Grenier, according to the Mirror. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger confirmed his interest in the 22-year-old earlier this week and compared his style of play to that of former Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri. However, it appears Liverpool may have jumped to the head of the queue with the Mirror claiming that the Merseysiders have made a â‚¬15m (Â£12.
In the 52nd minute at St. James' Park, the inevitable happened. Arsenal scored. Not many would have banked on the rejuvenated Laurent Koscielny to break the deadlock in such a fine fashion, putting his team firmly in the driving seat after a well taken half-volley, but it was no surprise to see another Wenger team heading for the Champions League (with the qualification round in their path) for the umpteenth time in a row (16 to be exact).
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 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.
Welcome to Offbeat Wednesday, your weekly Gossip special! This week, read about Xavi's upcoming nuptials, Juventus coach Antonio Conte's wedding, Xabi Alonso's Family Day Out, Mario Balotelli's engagement and Samir Nasri's holiday. Go on, then!
Finishing a distant second to Man United in the Premier League last season has prompted Man City to get back to their big spending ways and their latest acquisition is 28-year-old Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho. According to Shakhtar Donetsk's official website, City ponied up â‚¬40 million for the man with just five caps for Brazil (four in 2011, one in 2012).