Arsenal days sparked Gallas-Nasri feud, Podolski praised

It’s no secret that former Arsenal captain William Gallas and ex-Gunner Samir Nasri despise each other.

There is little love lost between the French duo and many will remember Nasri’s refusal to shake Gallas’ hand in the North London derby a few years back.

The Manchester City midfielder has received some heavy criticism as of late for the controversy he caused at Euro 2012 after abusing some French journalists and hasn’t made many friends in recent times.

Former France international Gallas, now at Spurs, has gone and thrown some more coal on the fire that is his rivalry with Nasri and explained to the media about his dislike for the 25-year-old.

“People have really learned for themselves who Samir Nasri truly is. And I wasn’t in Ukraine or Poland,” Gallas told France Football.

“He never stopped believing that I was the worst person, and has dirtied my name. You know, I took an earful.

“It was always my name in the press or elsewhere, fingers were always being pointed at me, while many of the people in the world of football were aware of Nasri’s character.

“There was a match with Arsenal in Rome, and a serious discussion in the changing room at the end of the match.

“He lost a ball, I showed my disappointment, and he called me a ‘son of a w****’.”

Below is a video of that handshake snub from 2010.

On a more positive note, Lukas Podolski has received praise from former international teammate Thomas Hitzlsperger.

The man with the hammer of a left-foot, who played in the Premier League at Aston Villa and West Ham United, has come out and said that he predicts the former Cologne captain to be a success in England.

“He’s a good lad and a very good football player,” Hitzlsperger told talkSPORT.

“Looking at the Euros it wasn’t his tournament to be honest but I think he needs a change.

“He needs to get away from Germany, play a different style of football and play in a team that is very good where they don’t just focus on him.”

Podolski’s Germany were knocked out of the tournament after losing 2-1 in the semi-final to Italy.

Matt Cotton

@FindingCotton

 

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One Response to Arsenal days sparked Gallas-Nasri feud, Podolski praised

  1. bradkc@snakebite.com July 1, 2012 at 6:57 am #

    To ex arsenal players playing for 2 of our rivals and slagging each other off. i view that as the more positive note.

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