Ex-Arsenal midfielder, Emmanuel Frimpong, has revealed he and former team-mate, Samir Nasri, did not get on while together at the clubs and says he will never forgive him.
Frimpong has now retired from football, but played 16 senior matches for the Gunners between 2011-2013. The midfielder was not so well-liked by Samir Nasri, however, and has spoken to The Athletic about the extent of their sour relationship.
“I have always had so much respect for senior players. You can ask Aaron Ramsey, you can ask Jack Wilshere. I never disrespected anybody.
“But for me, the truth is I’ve never liked Nasri and I will never, ever like this guy. Even if he gives me five billion dollars, I will still not like him,” Frimpong said.
Frimpong said their issues started after he was sent off during a match against Liverpool, which the gunners went on to lose 2-0.
He said: “After the game, everybody came into the changing room and Arsene (Wenger) was quiet, you know. Obviously, he was disappointed about the result but he was quiet.
“He didn’t talk, and then Nasri basically stood up in front of everybody and said we lost the game because of me.
“OK, I can understand that, but I was thinking, ‘Why would somebody —especially me playing, I think that was like my second game — why would any professional do that to a young player in that kind of moment?’”
Things really came to head during a Carling Cup tie in 2011, after which the duo faced off post-game and had to be separated by teammates.
“During the game, he told me he could buy me. That’s how stupid this guy is. He probably could then because he had millions, but that’s no respect,” Frimpong added.