Nasri - I don't speak to Gallas
Samir Nasri has revealed several members of the Arsenal squad are not on speaking terms with William Gallas.
Last Updated: 15/05/10 11:30am
Samir Nasri has revealed several members of the Arsenal squad are not on speaking terms with team-mate William Gallas.
French defender Gallas has often cut a controversial figure during his time at Emirates Stadium and could be leaving the club in the summer when his contract expires.
Kolo Toure recently revealed that a breakdown in his relationship with Gallas contributed to his departure to Manchester City last summer and Nasri admits his compatriot is not on good terms with many of those still at the club.
However, while Nasri confirmed a handful of players do not speak to the centre-half, he insists it is not impacting on Arsenal's team spirit.
Fight for same cause
"I don't communicate with him, but I'm not the only one at Arsenal who doesn't have any communication with him," Nasri told The Sun.
"We are four or five, but that doesn't stop us fighting for each other on the pitch.
"You don't get 11 friends in a football team, there are people who have affinities and who get on, but on the pitch we fight for the same cause."
Nasri was criticised in Gallas' autobiography after he did not give up his seat for Thierry Henry during France's Euro 2008 campaign, but the midfielder has explained that incident.
He added: "Thierry was absent with a back injury and I sat in his seat on the French bus. When he came back he said 'Can you get up?' But he said it in a certain way.
"So to wind him up I answered 'well, respect works both ways'.
"He then asked if I could stand up, I did and we laughed about it and watched a DVD together. That doesn't explain our Euro 2008 fiasco."