Nasri - Trophies not everything
Samir Nasri believes not winning trophies has left Arsenal open to unnecessary criticism this season.
By James Riach
Last Updated: 20/04/10 5:40pm
Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri believes not winning trophies has left the Gunners open to unnecessary criticism this season.
Following their collapse at the DW Stadium on Sunday when Arsene Wenger's side conceded three late goals to surrender a two-goal lead to Wigan, hopes of a Premier League title are all-but-over.
It means another campaign without silverware at the Emirates but Nasri is adamant winning trophies is not the be all and end all.
The 22-year-old France international insists his team should get more credit for the way they play football and that Wenger deserves praise for his management style.
"It is annoying. The work we do is not getting the credit it deserves because we are not winning silverware," Nasri told the May edition of the official Arsenal magazine.
"It is unfair because I think we have more merit as a club than those who have built their teams with millions of pounds whereas Arsenal have brought in young footballers, who have come here to play a certain kind of football and who have developed.
"This season had proved that we have everything to compete and we have learnt so much.
"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."
Meanwhile, rumours continue to circulate suggesting Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh is set to move to Arsenal in the summer.
The 26-year-old Bordeaux marksman is out of contract at the end of the season and Nasri believes he would be an excellent addition to the squad.
He added: "It would be a great signing for us. He is a player that I really like.
"Chamakh plays for the team, gives everything and works very hard.
"He has big potential and would fit perfectly in our team."