French journalist Daniel Riolo claims Arsenal trio Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud demanded Samir Nasri excluded from the France squad.
Samir Nasri will not go to the 2014 FIFA World Cup with France despite an excellent season with Manchester City.
French journalist Daniel Riolo claims that les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps made his decision to exclude the playmaker from his 23 man squad after Arsenal trio Bacary Sagna, Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud requested it, with Olympique Marseille attacking midfielder Mathieu Valbuena also weighing in with the same opinion.
Riolo told Radio Monte Carlo that Sagna, Koscielny and Valbuena pushed Deschamps hard to exclude Nasri, with Giroud rather more understated, but ultimately with the same message.
In addition to their time together with the French national team, Valbuena played with Nasri in Marseilles between 2006-2008, while Sagna and Koscielny were club colleagues with Nasri at Arsenal prior to his Manchester City transfer.
Giroud signed for the Gunners after Nasri left Emirates Stadium, and that may explain his less extreme reaction.
Nasri’s omission also provoked an angry reaction from his girlfriend, who posted some angry posts to social network Twitter towards Deschamps for his decision to leave him at home this summer.