The Manchester derby on Monday night had little impact on the Premier League title race, but two players did enjoy an emotional reunion.
And while these two will almost definitely be off Arsene Wenger’s Christmas card list and Gunners fans will find this picture hard to swallow, you have to say they have been vindicated in their decisions.
Nasri joined last year’s champions as Roberto Mancini’s men clinched the title with a last-gasp Sergio Aguero goal while Manchester United look certain to win the title this season as they enjoy a 12 point lead at the top of the table.
But what did these two former Gunners have to say about why they left The Emirates?
Since 1888, Rangers and Celtic football clubs have been locked into an intense and frequently explosive rivalry: Rangers the product of West Scotland’s Protestant establishment, Celtic the team founded to raise money for the Catholic underclass of Glasgow.
On 2 January 2010 the two teams met in the Old Firm’s New Year Derby, a fixture that had been banned for ten years because of the trouble it brought with it.
Richard Wilson puts that game at the centre of a book which delves into the history and widens out to the cultural resonance of the fixture within Scotland.
It is a potent mix of close-up observation and big-picture thinking, with insight, understanding and depth.
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