We are currently experiencing one of Arsenal's all-time lows under Arsene Wenger. It may not look so bad statistically, as the Gunners are still in the top half of the table and qualified for the Champions League knockout stages, but there are bad feelings around the Emirates.
The fact that Arsenal fans have been booing the team several times in recent weeks tells the story, really. Many Gooners in the stadium even sarcastically cheered on Swansea in the latter stages of their 2-0 win in North London.
This is the state of affairs at the Emirates, and now it seems that exasperation may be turning into desperation.
Wenger's side is now being linked to Samir Nasri, who left for Manchester City about a year and a half ago. This is the same player who, between then and now, has taken huge amounts of criticism from Arsenal fans for being greedy for money, as he has been nicknamed "Na$ri" and "Ca$hmir Nasri".
Nasri enjoyed three successful years at Arsenal between 2008 and 2011, where he showcased his talent on a big stage, until he moved to Manchester City.
His career in Manchester hasn't been as illustrious as one would have expected, as he has spent a lot of time on the bench under Roberto Mancini, and his lack of playing time and goalscoring make people wonder whether he made the right move.
Despite that, Nasri was obviously in extremely jolly spirits after City won the league last year—but maybe a little over the top, mocking Arsenal and their fans following their 3-2 win over QPR. From the Guardian:
As an Arsenal fan, would you take Samir Nasri back?
"People at Arsenal tried to make out that I came here for the money," Nasri told the French television channel TF1. "I hope they are watching me now, collecting my Premier League winner's medal. I believe they have not won a trophy for many years now."
This was an incident that only added to Gooners' hatred of Samir Nasri, and so it's shocking that he has been rumored back to the Emirates.
Nasri, whose relationship with Roberto Mancini has been up and down, apparently wants out, according to a SportPulse article. The article says that Nasri "still misses many of his teammates that are still at Arsenal and is feeling like re-uniting with them."
He has also said in the past that Arsene Wenger is like a "second father" to him, and he may also be keen on playing under the Arsenal manager.
Although Nasri is a spark that Arsenal may very well need on the pitch, fans' vibes toward the Frenchman will almost definitely be downright negative.
The Gunners currently lack creativity despite Santi Cazorla's efforts, which seem to have become less effective as the season wears on. With Theo Walcott expected to leave Arsenal in January, Wenger must sign a player who can create chance after chance.
Linked to creators such as Mario Gotze, Wilfried Zaha, and Adel Taarabt, Gooners hope that the under-fire Wenger will address this problem in the winter transfer window.
This rumor becoming a reality is next to impossible, but just its existence shows the situation of the Gunners right now.
Hopefully for fans, le Professeur will use the money the board has given him in order to sign some talent and contend for a spot in the top four.