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Nasri targets Wembley success

Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri is hoping his Wembley fortunes change when his side take on Sunderland in the Capital One Cup final next weekend.

Nasri has twice played in cup finals at the home of English football and lost them both.

In 2011, he was part of the Arsenal team that lost 2-1 to Birmingham in the League Cup final and, last season, he played in City's 1-0 FA Cup final loss to Wigan.

He has experienced victory at Wembley with the French national team, who beat England 2-1 in November 2010, and is now hoping to taste club success in the stadium.

"I don't have any good memories with my clubs, because I lost a final there with Arsenal and with Manchester City," Nasri told Sky Sports.

"But I won there with my national team against England and I am hoping it's going to be the same kind of game."

Arsenal's defeat to Birmingham in 2011 led to a significant slump in the Gunners' season, which ended their hopes of picking up silverware that season.

With City challenging on four fronts, Nasri is keen to avoid a repeat.

"I have the experience of winning the Carling Cup with Arsenal and after that we only won two games in the league," said Nasri. "So a win would be really important for us and for the confidence."

The League Cup final, which is followed by an FA Cup sixth-round tie against Wigan - who beat them in last year's final - and the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Barcelona, City do not play in the league for three weeks.

"It's difficult not to play a league game for three weeks but we have other targets and we are going to try and win every game," added Nasri.