Nasri has the potential to be another Hleb
SOMETIMES a single fact can speak a thousand words.
If, in the euphoria after the Barcelona first-leg, an oracle had told me that in the 15 games Samir Nasri would play some part in between then and late May he would score just the one goal, I wouldn’t have bothered asking for any more information.
I’d have realised he didn’t do a Freddie or a Pires and that Arsenal didn’t find glory. That stat would have been all I really needed.
Now, like Alex Hleb three years ago, Nasri appears to be flirting with leaving before ever doing himself justice. Before actually making it.
Whereas we have failed over the last couple of seasons in spite of having Cesc Fabregas, we have failed because of players such as Nasri, who ultimately failed to deliver when it mattered. Blunt, but ultimately true.
Through his performances Fabregas has earned the right to go. Nasri has not.
If parity with the top earners at the club is the issue, he is having a laugh. While Samir failed to produce, RVP was banging them in. Cesc too merits more money.
Attacking midfielder Hleb considered himself worthy of playing for Barcelona on the back of no goals in his last 27 Arsenal games. Now Nasri appears tempted by Old Trafford after his less than impressive second half to the season.
Hleb was relegated with Birmingham last month.
Worth thinking about if I were Nasri.