Patrice Evra, the Manchester United full-back, has told his French international team-mate Samir Nasri, the Arsenal attacking midfielder, that if he keen on winning trophies then he should swap the Emirates Stadium for Old Trafford this summer.
And in a clear swipe at the culture that has been conceived at Arsenal in recent times – the Gunners have just ended their sixth successive season without a trophy, just a matter of months after Evra labelled the club a “training centre” – the French defender has told Nasri that there is “no room for error” playing for a club that does not fail to challenge for, and win, honours.
Nasri, the skillful former Marseille player, has spent three seasons under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger and has just completed his most successful season to date, having been shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award.
However, Nasri has only 12 months remaining on his contract at Ashburton Grove, and United are believed to be monitoring the player’s situation, keen on swooping for the Frenchman this summer, with boss Sir Alex Ferguson having been promised considerable funds from the United board this summer.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is hopeful of persuading Nasri, who has become a key player at Arsenal and would command a considerable pay increase, to commit his future to the club, yet Evra believes that Nasri should join the Premier League Champions if he is to fulfill his immense potential.
“Little Prince [Nasri’s nickname], if you want to become king, you know you should go” Evra told L’Equipe, France’s largest sporting newspaper.
“If he comes, he must know that here we have no room for error.
“Each year, you play to win. It is the culture of Manchester. And every year is a guarantee of a title.
“I am with Manchester United for five years now and I do not even know how many trophies I have won. Thirteen? Fifteen?”