Premier League - Nasri slams 'disrespectful' fans
Mon, 15 Aug 15:05:00 2011
Nasri was left out of the squad for the 0-0 draw at St James' Park as he is believed to be close to concluding a transfer to Manchester City worth in the region of £22 million.
The club are being forced to sell the France international as he has refused to extend his contract, which has only one season left to run at Emirates Stadium.
Supporters voiced their frustration at the weekend by chanting that Nasri was a "c***", and the player responded on Twitter on Monday afternoon.
Nasri tweeted: "I heard what the fans were singing about me on Saturday and it is really disrespectful because I'm still an Arsenal player."
Nasri's comments came just minutes after Arsene Wenger had said in a press conference that he still hopes to keep the midfielder, having seen Cesc Fabregas sign for Barcelona on a five-year deal on Monday.
"Ideally I want Samir Nasri to stay, but as much as we were in a strong position on the contract side with Cesc, the situation is a bit different," he said. "Hopefully we can sort the situation out."
Arsenal are now searching for replacements for Fabregas and, in all likelihood, Nasri, but Wenger firmly denied suggestions that Shakhtar Donetsk playmaker Jadson or City forward Carlos Tevez were targets for the club.
He said: "No. I have not envisaged one or the other," adding: "What I want to say is that we are not frightened to spend money, but we have to be convinced the player is better than what we have.
"That is our main concern, to bring quality. We have quality, but want to add more quality."
Barton made the most of the contact from the Ivory Coast international and when asked if he would appeal against the subsequent three-match ban for his player, Wenger replied: "I am likely to."
However, Alex Song was also spotted on video stamping on Barton in a separate incident and Wenger admitted he is concerned the midfielder will be charged by the FA.