West Ham suffered a narrow 1-0 loss to the Premier League champions.
West Ham United suffered a 1-0 loss to Manchester City on Wednesday night in a tight contest that saw Pep Guardiola’s side earn all three points thanks to a controversial penalty – but Hammers fans have blasted Samir Nasri.
The 31-year-old has impressed since joining West Ham on a free transfer, but his momentum was halted in January after picking up a calf problem that saw the playmaker miss four matches in all competitions.
He returned to the starting line-up on Wednesday night against City but was hauled off at half-time, with Manu Lanzini replacing the France international after the Argentine returned to full fitness following a long-term knee injury.
Sergio Aguero scored the only goal of the game as City maintained their run towards the Premier League title, sitting a point behind leaders Liverpool while third-placed Tottenham suffered a defeat to Chelsea.
The former Arsenal star played in attacking midfield alongside Felipe Anderson and Michail Antonio in the three of Manuel Pellegrini’s 4-2-3-1 system – but he struggled to get involved, and was somewhat anonymous.
West Ham fans reacted to Nasri’s performance, criticising their new signing for his lack of impact. The Frenchman is yet to show fans why he is earning a whopping £80,000 a week at the London Stadium, according to The Sun.
Nasri didn’t get a kick!— Philip Dean (@flipper_dean) February 28, 2019
totally agree mate, too many times against bigger clubs Anderson don’t fancy it especially away from home, Nasri was so off the pace better when Lanzini came on— steve hill (@steve5705) February 28, 2019
Nasri non existent first half. Masterclass incoming.— chands (@chandssrm) February 27, 2019
Nasri seems well off the pace maybe put Lanzini on, we seem scared of giving it a go— steve hill (@steve5705) February 27, 2019
Nasri seems invisible. I’m not opposed to seeing the fire Snods brings now.— Resist Doug Ford. (@Lystenman) February 27, 2019
No chance mate. Lanzini looked really good when he came on. Was always driving forward and had that bit of pace than Nasri didn’t have. Good to see!— Harry. (@1997HWHU21) February 28, 2019