Player of the Month: Samir Nasri

Midfielder Samir Nasri is Arsenal Column’s first Player of the Month having scored two goals in August as the Gunners made an indifferent start to the season.

Having just signed from Marseille this summer, many would have expected the French midfielder to take time to settle and get used to the speed and physical nature of the Premiership but Nasri has taken to the league like a duck to water.

Samir scored on his debut against West Brom in a 1-0 win after collecting a cut back from Denilson and slotting home the winner in the fourth minute, incidently being the quickest goal from an Arsenal debutant.

His second goal in the 4-0 drubbing of FC Twente, fooling tnree defenders before hitting a left foot shoot in the corner. In between came a poor all round performance from the Gunners at Fulham though Nasri tried to make things happen. A solid performance at the end of the month against Newcastle followed with the big incident (and cheers) involving a deliberate trip of Joey Barton which rightly earned him a yellow card.

Stats:

Ratings: West Brom:8, Fulham:5, FC Twente: 8, Newcastle: 7

2 Goals, 0 assists, 1 Yellow, 1 Man of the Match

(We recognise Samir Nasri didn’t top the ratings chart at Arsenal Column but we’ll let him off this time as it’s the start of the season)

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