Former Arsenal, Manchester City and West Ham midfielder Samir Nasri has announced his retirement from football at the age of 34, bringing an end to a career full of highs, lows and plenty of controversy.
Nasri first rose to prominence in France with Marseille, scoring and creating 42 goals in 166 appearances before joining Arsenal for a fee of £12million in 2008.
The winger played some of his best football at the Emirates but moved to Manchester City three years later for £25million, invoking fury from Gunners fans after he refused to sign a new contract.
He became a hate figure among the majority of Arsenal supporters following the switch – but that’s not what he’s best remembered for.
That distinction is reserved for Drip Doctors, a company little known to football fans before Nasri’s association with it, but now forever linked to the Frenchman.
While on loan with Sevilla from the Etihad in 2016, the Frenchman visited the Los Angeles clinic where he received 500 millilitres of hydration in the form of sterile water containing micronutrient components.
Nasri posted about the seemingly normal treatment on his social media accounts, claiming he was having the drip “to help keep him hydrated and in top health during his busy soccer season.”
Drip Doctors also tweeted: “We provided @SamNasri19 a concierge Immunity IV Drip to keep him hydrated & in top health during his busy soccer season with @SevillaFC.”
Those words were accompanied by a picture of Nasri and Drip Doctors’ co-founder Jamila Sozahdah.
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The Frenchman and his ex-girlfriend Anara Atanes then became embroiled in a public and bizarre incident involving allegations of hacking, cheating and scandalous sexual allegations.
A quote-tweeted response sent from Nasri’s own account read: “You also provided me with a full sexual service too right after.”
“So guys make sure you get this service. This w**** comes and f*** the same night.
“Sorry guys I just had to let the world know that my girlfriend Anara who was with me at the time had booked the girl to give me the IV drip. On arrival Anara left the room and this girl asked for my number and to go out with me that night. She then continued to give me..
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“A full service in my hotel room so doubling her services. Just giving you boys a heads up on the service from Drip Doctors.”
“Please tell the world as well of the other concierge treatment your girl gave straight after the IV drip.”
Later, Nasri alleged his account had been hacked.
A tweet then appeared from Drip Doctors reading: “Samir Nasri account has been HACKED and the recent tweets about Drip Doctors are all FALSE, this will be confirmed shortly. Thanks.”
Nasri added: “Someone hacked my account and tried to spread rumours which is fake I am sorry for all the ppl involved in that I apologise.”
He added: “My account got hacked sorry about what happen earlier.”
However, Anara denied that she was behind the alleged hack, saying at the time: “That wasn’t me. If I need to say anything it will come from my mouth.”
Unfortunately for Nasri, that wasn’t to be the end of his tumultuous association with Drip Doctors.
Two years later in 2018 he was given a six-month ban from football after being found guilty of a doping violation which occurred as a result of his trip to the clinic.
Nasri received 500 millilitres of hydration in the form of sterile water containing micronutrient components.
World Anti-Doping Agency rules state there is a 50 millilitre infusion limit per six-hour period for active athletes.
It was a nightmare period for the former Arsenal man, which he looked back on in an interview with Le Journal du Dimanche .
Nasri described it as: “An episode hurt me very badly and changed my relationship with football.”
“I found that more than unfair. I had not taken any doping products. It was just an injection of vitamins because I was sick.
“It cut me off in my tracks.”
By the time the Nasri received news of the ban he was without a club, having seen his contract with Antalyaspor terminated.
He did return to to the Premier League with West Ham during the second half of the 2018-19 season, making six appearances and providing two assists.
“I came back to West Ham, London, with a coach I knew (Manuel Pellegrini). It was perfect. But I got injured three times in a row,” Nasri explained.
“There, Vincent Kompany called me to come to Anderlecht. There was an emotional side, but also the idea of being a player and also a little on the staff.
“As I would like to coach, I told myself that I would learn with him. It didn’t go as planned. Then the championship was stopped because of the Covid.
“After that, I didn’t necessarily want to [continue playing]. No challenge has interested me. And I couldn’t see myself coming back to France if it wasn’t for OM (Marseille).”
The move to Anderlecht did not work out as planned and the Belgian club released Nasri in 2020.
He has been without a club since, appearing instead as a pundit for French broadcaster Canal+.
His football career will be fondly remembered by fans of Manchester City and even some at Arsenal, but things were never quite the same for him after the infamous Drip Doctors incident.