Controversial Manchester City star Samir Nasri has pinpointed the reason behind his Arsenal departure.
Denying his 2011 summer move was financially motivated, the Frenchman has claimed it was the sale of Cesc Fabregas which pushed him over the edge.
In an interview about this move with Canal+ this weekend, he stated:
"My departure from Arsenal? When you leave for a club where there is more money, you are supposed to be mercenary.
“I took stock before I went to Manchester City, I was joining a club with Yaya Toure, David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez. I spent three seasons at Arsenal without any title and at the end of the season we sold our best player that was Cesc Fabregas.
“I preferred to join City and I won titles and indeed I earn a better living. And why not a second national title in three years? I am very happy with my choice.”
Clearly Nasri is happy he made the move, and feels vindicated at doing so. He made his return to The Emirates at the weekend having been injured for previous league visits, and was roundly booed by the home support.
The attacker's dissatisfaction with the club topped a nightmare summer the time for Arsenal, who lost their two best players of the season before.
While Fabregas' departure to hometown club Barcelona was accepted as inevitable, Nasri's was seen as a case of abandoning the club in their time of need - touted as a moneygrabber, which he has been at pains to dismiss ever since.