Monday, December 13, 2010


SAMI NASRI last night lit the touch paper for a potentially explosive six pointer at Old Trafford tomorrow by telling Manchester United: You’ve lost the spark that made you great.

Arsenal’s in-form Frenchman threw down the gauntlet ahead of a vital game by implying that Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov are not as dangerous or talented as Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez when they worked their magic at Old Trafford.

“Manchester United are not the same team as before with Cristiano Ronaldo and Tevez,” he claimed. “It was a little bit scary to play at Old Trafford then but now I don’t think offensively they are the same as before.”

And in a clear swipe at his fellow countryman Patrice Evra, the midfielder warned that Arsenal will make him eat the words he uttered when he suggested that it was men against boys after United knocked them out of the Champions League semi-final in 2009.

Says Nasri: “We will see on Monday. We will show him that we grow up.

“Every team is difficult to beat now, but we won’t complain. We’re top of the league and we’ll enjoy it.”

Nasri is confident that Arsenal can end their five-year silverware famine.

“It’s our best chance to win something. Everybody is more mature and for the first time as well we don’t have too many people injured,” added the Frenchman.