Bacary Sagna explains relationship with "crazy" ex-Arsenal team-mate Samir Nasri

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Bacary Sagna has said that his former Arsenal teammate was Samir Nasri 'crazy' both on and off the pitch and that his French compatriot did annoy some people with his behaviour.

Sagna, 38, played with Nasri at the north London club between 2008 and 2011. The French duo also shared a lockerroom were playing for Manchester City between 2014 and 2017, as well as some times with Les Bleus.

Nasri announced his retirement at the age of 34 in September, and during his playing career, he had become known to be embroiled in a number of interesting stories.

Speaking to, Sagna said that Nasri sometimes overstepped the line mark.

He said: "Samir was crazy, on and off the pitch! I respect him for being honest with me, the other players and the coaches but unfortunately, he perhaps could have reigned in some of his thoughts.

"Sometimes when you don't like something and you’re in a group, you have to choose your moments when to speak up.

But I’d rather have someone like him who was honest, than someone who was fake to you.

"I will always respect that side of him."

Former Blues boss Roberto Mancini once quipped "I would like to give him a punch, while William Gallas said Nasri planned to taser him in 2009.

Sagna also spoke about Abou Diaby, the towering midfielder at one time said to be the next Patrick Vieira, only for injuries to destroy his chances.

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The player was forced to retire at the age of 32 owing to his injury battle, as he made just 180 appearances from his nine-year stay at the Emirates.

Sagna said: "Abou was amazing.

"Fearless with a huge amount of talent but his injury finished it off because he dislocated his ankle.

"Then after that he was compensating from somewhere else, and he never managed to get back to what he was.

"He became fragile. An unlucky player but he was brilliant. "

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