A trio of Arsenal players are alleged to have played a role in Samir Nasri's ousting from the French national team, according to a prominent journalist in France.
Daniel Riolo told French outlet RMC that four players, Laurent Koscielny, Olivier Giroud, Bacary Sagna, and Marseille's Mathieu Valbuena asked Didier Deschamps not to include the Manchester City star.
The reason behind this bad news for Nasri is illustrated clearly by these claims, that he is seen as an unsettling influence behind the scenes.
With France's World Cup in 2010 a disaster thanks to the behind the scenes rows involving Raymond Domenech, Patrice Evra and Nicolas Anelka, the FFF can ill afford a repeat.
His claims were backed up by fellow journalist Jean Michel-Larque, who told Le10Sport: "We know what he (Nasri) did in Ukraine (at Euro 2012) and can point his hand to players that went to see the staff to complain about him. Deschamps weighed the pros and cons."
Both Koscielny and Sagna played alongside Nasri at Arsenal, Giroud arriving a year after he left for Manchester City.
Nasri has since won the title twice, but his agitative behaviour has at times riled supporters of his former club, and it appears a handful of the players express similar resentment towards him.