LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Samir Nasri of West Ham United during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Brighton & Hove Albion at London Stadium on January 2, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

The former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder was banned from football for 18 months, after receiving an intravenous treatment in breach of World Anti-Doping Agency rules.

Samir Nasri is ready to go back to playing professionally as his new club West Ham United face Arsenal today.

“It’s great to be back on this stage again. I missed the Premier League and I missed the competition in general and just football,” he told Sky Sports.

“This experience was the worst in my career. It changed me for the better. Now I see things differently.”

“Before sometimes you don’t know how blessed you are to do this job,” he added.

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“Now I just take one day at a time, try to enjoy it as much as possible and try to be as professional as I can be to help my team-mates because I thought at one point I’d lost it.”

“I’m still disappointed about it because I didn’t take any substance. It was just the dosage of the vitamin that was too much,” he commented.

“I could do it in two days but I did it in just one day and so I have regrets about it because I was sick, yes. I had a doctor’s prescription, but it still hasn’t been accepted.”

“I lost one year of my career that just went like that and at one point they were talking about a four-year suspension,” Nasri said.

“A lot of things went through my mind. I thought my career was over so having this second chance makes me lucky.”