Several news outlets are reporting that Samir Nasri will put pen to paper on a new five year contract. It’s fantastic news, as Nasri’s been superb all season. We all knew he was a good player, but he seemed timid at times, and spent a lot of games in his shell. He’s well and truly come out of it this year though, and he’s taken on extra responsibility really well. Despite the fact that he himself says he prefers playing centrally, he’s been great when asked to play on the wing too, like on Sunday against Manchester City.
He’s scored some great goals in his career previously, but he’s never been a great goal-scorer – well, as good a goal-scorer as you can be from midfield. This year, he’s been scoring more than ever. He was great in pre-season, and even captained the side a few times. But after a quiet performance against Liverpool, we found out he was going to be on the sidelines for a month after knee ligament problems. His pre-season form made that even harder to take.
His return to the squad came against Bolton as a sub, but he didn’t come on in the end. He started against Braga in the Champions League though, but again his performance was nothing spectacular. He did well against Sunderland to win a penalty, but due to a superstition didn’t want to take it. Rosicky missed, and it cost us. Wenger had words with Nasri though, and he convinced our midfield maestro to take a penalty whenever he was the best candidate.
And he did exactly that against Sp*rs in the Carling Cup. He won a penalty in extra time, and buried it confidently. A few minutes later, Chamakh went down – penalty again. Nasri stepped up, and coolly rolled it in the opposite direction to his first one. Those two penalties and an impressive performance won him the man of the match from Sky. Then we played West Brom – when we were 3-0 down, he was nearly our savior. He scored twice and smashed the bar after a great run.
Against Birmingham he netted again, another superb penalty, before scoring an excellent goal against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League. But then his best game all season came against City at the weekend. He dominated the game, and scored a terrific goal, also setting Bendtner up for our third. Fabregas was given man of the match, but many argued Nasri deserved it.
Wenger was full of praise for him after. “At 23 years old your career starts at the top level and he is becoming more efficient. I think he has become stronger physically and you judge a player with his numbers. On Sunday he had a goal and an assist so that’s what you want from players who have a lot of talent like he has.”
If he is signing a new contract, that’ll be terrific news. As well as his goals this season, he’s given us other memorable moments like a double against Manchester United, a goal on his debut, and a stunning solo goal against Porto in the Champions League. He’s definitely blossoming into the player we all know he can be.
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