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Cesc Fabregas sends class message to former Arsenal teammate Samir Nasri


Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri were teammates together at Arsenal for three years (Picture: Getty)

Cesc Fabregas has paid a glowing tribute to his former Arsenal teammate, Samir Nasri, who confirmed his retirement from professional football earlier this week.

The former France international spent three seasons at the Emirates, forming an outstanding partnership with Fabregas at the heart of one of Arsene Wenger’s most entertaining Arsenal sides.

Replacing Alex Hleb following his move to Barcelona, Nasri proved to be the perfect replacement for the Belarussian with his versatility and dribbling ability marrying perfectly with Fabregas’ vision and craft.

Although the pair failed to win any silverware during their time together in north London, they provided many enthralling highlights with both players at the heart of a famous Champions League victory over Barcelona at the Emirates.

Ultimately, both players were sold during the tumultuous summer of 2011 during which Arsenal lost two of their key players, before embarking on a frantic trolley dash which saw five players arrive on deadline day in the aftermath of an 8-2 defeat at Old Trafford.

Cesc Fabregas paid a glowing tribute to his former Arsenal teammate Samir Nasri (Picture: Instagram)

Fabregas and Nasri both went on to enjoy success at the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City, but the Spaniard will always have fond memories of playing alongside the former Marseille star.

Addressing Nasri’s retirement at the age of 34 on Instagram, Fabregas wrote: ‘What a player this man was. Such a privilege and joy to play next to you my man.

‘So many assists, combinations and goals together. Today’s football misses talents like you.’

The final years of Nasri’s career were overshadowed by an 18-month doping suspension which he maintains destroyed his relationship with football before short stints with Antalyaspor, West Ham and Anderlecht where he fell out with his former City teammate Vincent Kompany.

‘An incident really hurt me and changed my relationship with football: my suspension. I found it more than unfair as I didn’t take any drugs,’ Nasri told Le Journal du Dimanche.

‘It was just an injection of vitamins because I was sick.’


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