ARSENAL star Samir Nasri has revealed his “anger and bitterness” at his treatment by fans and admitted he is on the brink of completing a £22m move to Manchester City.
Nasri, who on Monday used Twitter to criticise “disrespectful” supporters for singing derisory chants about him at Newcastle at the weekend, yesterday used his Facebook account to reiterate his distaste.
“I was very disappointed by the supporters at the match on Saturday. I am still an Arsenal player but I’m surely going to leave, this is almost certain,” he wrote.
“But unfortunately I will leave with bitterness and anger in my heart. I am proud for having played with the Gunners for three years and I’ll see you soon on the fields of the Premier League.”
The France midfielder has angered Arsenal fans by refusing to renew his contract, leading some to accuse him of greed and disloyalty.
Nasri’s stance risks damaging his standing further as he nears a departure that has drawn comparisons with Ashley Cole’s move to Chelsea in 2006.
His move is expected to go through before the weekend, depriving Arsenal of another player when they are already short for Saturday’s fixture against Liverpool at Emirates Stadium.
Captain Cesc Fabregas has returned to boyhood club Barcelona, Emmanuel Eboue yesterday joined Galatasaray for an initial £3m, while Carlos Vela and youngster Pedro Botelho have both made loan moves to Spain.
Injury looks certain to rule out midfielder Jack Wilshere, while defenders Kieran Gibbs, Johan Djourou, and Armand Traore also have fitness worries following this week’s games.
Forward Gervinho’s three-match ban has been upheld, meanwhile, and Alex Song looks likely to receive the same punishment this week.