Samir Nasri has admitted that he would welcome the opportunity to return to Marseille at some point in the future.
The France international shot to prominence after graduating through the academy ranks at Stade Velodrome.
Having broken into the first-team fold at 17, it was not long before he was being tipped for great things and a potential move to one of Europe's top clubs.
That switch arrived in 2008 when Arsenal spent big to lure Nasri away from his homeland.
Now 23, the talented playmaker has become an integral part of the set-up at Emirates Stadium, with his creative ability marking him out as a potential match-winner.
Nasri hopes he will have many more productive years to come with the Gunners, but has revealed that the opportunity to rejoin Marseille further down the line would be impossible to turn down.
"Could I come back to Marseille one day? I really hope so," he told L'Equipe.
"Marseille have re-established themselves as the number one club in France."
Nasri's recent fine showings for Arsenal are a result of his growing maturity, with petulant spats with team-mates having blighted his past.
He was singled out as a disruptive influence in the France squad at Euro 2008 and suffered a very public falling-out with William Gallas.
Nasri, though, believes he has been unfairly treated and insists he has never been as troublesome as people have made out.
He said: "People called me names after Euro 2008, but they have come to see the people I had problems with at the time went on to screw things up in South Africa (at the Word Cup).
"Respect has to be mutual. Just because I was a bit younger does not mean that I have to stay quiet and accept everything."
On Gallas, who he played with at Arsenal and for Les Bleus, Nasri added: "We don't talk. We played one year at Arsenal without talking.
"There were other people who didn't talk to him either. The collective cause was more important, though, and we got on with things."