Samir Nasri: We would be top of the Premiership and still in the Champions League without any injuries
Written by Renzo on April 20, 2010 21:45
Out of the title race and the Champions League, it was a very optimistic-looking Samir Nasri the one who analysed what went wrong for Arsenal this season.
Speaking of what could have gone wrong for the Gunners this campaign, the 22-year old explained that had they suffered no injuries, Arsenal would be top of the Premiership and still in the Champions League.
Provided the Frenchman is referring to the whole season and not only the last part, these comments will cause some controversy since if for example we are to analyse the away game lost at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea, it was the only Robin van Persie missing for the Gunners as Cesc Fabregas, Andrey Arshavin and Alex Song – currently all out injured – all featured in that game.
Manchester City, Blackburn and Fulham are the last three games of the season for Arsenal, who will be looking to keep third place in the table and secure a certain Champions League qualification spot.
Speaking to the official Arsenal magazine, Nasri said:
I am hoping that our squad will stay unchanged because we are really good and with a year more experience, we can achieve some great things next season.
Injuries happen and it is part of football, but I think if we had not had those injuries, we would be top of the Premier League and still in the Champions League.
Apart from Arsenal, I do not know a team playing without five of its best players in the quarter-final of the Champions League like we did against Barcelona and to be in such a high position in the league. Our injuries are always serious. They are not small muscular problems, and that gives more credit to our season.