An astonishing level of self-awareness for a footballer…
Manchester City midfielder and now hated ex-Arsenal man Samir Nasri has remarkably admitted that he does sometimes acts ‘arrogant and a little p***k’.
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It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Nasri has had a reputation throughout his career for being petulant and childish during matches – so much so that he was known as ‘Enfant Terrible’ which translates as ‘terrible child’, when with Ligue 1 side Marseille.
However, in an interview with French publication L’Equipe 21, and quoted by Metro, the 27-year-old says he is aware of his renowned poor attitude and concedes that it might rub people the wrong way but he likes to be forthright with his emotions.
“From time to time, I’m a jerk. Sometimes it is better to buckle but it is something I can’t do,” said Nasri.
“I managed when I was younger and sometimes I went home with a knot in my stomach. Afterwards, you go off, but not with the right person.
“I’d therefore prefer to say everything I think, even if it means I’m not liked, even if it means I sound arrogant and a little p****. At least the folk I do like don’t have to suffer.”
Despite what he says, though, it’s clear Nasri might always have a chip on his shoulder about something.
Just see how easy it has been for Arsenal fans to wind him up since his exit from the Emirates in 2011 – and how badly it affects his City performance.