Samir Nasri has lit up the Emirates Stadium this season.
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Samir Nasri has emerged from France’s year of shame to be named the country’s footballer of the year.
The Arsenal midfielder was deemed not good enough to feature in Raymond Domenech’s 23 for the World Cup – but that probably worked in his favour among a self-flagellating jury of voters for the esteemed France Football magazine.
Nasri topped the poll ahead of Florent Malouda, who has enjoyed an excellent year at Chelsea but bears the scars of South Africa.
France was repulsed by its teams showing at the World Cup, where Les Bleus were dumped out in the first round and at one point went on strike in protest at the treatment of striker Nicolas Anelka.
Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris came third, with banned duo Anelka and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra nowhere to be seen, unsurprisingly.
Nasri has regained his place in the France squad, now led by Laurent Blanc, and is an early contender for Footballer of the Year in England after a terrific start to the season with Arsenal. The 23-year-old has scored 12 goals in 21 appearances for the Gunners this season.
Didier Deschamps was named coach of the year after leading Marseille to the title, while 20-year-old Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila – a target for Liverpool – bagged the young player award. (Daily Mail)
The best performers in the Premier League this season did not play at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa – and surely that is no coincidence.
Samir Nasri, Gareth Bale, and Nani have been arguably the standout performers in the current campaign, with the likes of Andy Carroll and Chris Brunt also giving stellar displays.
Perhaps Carlos Tevez is the exception to that rule, but this article is about Nasri.
Although Arsenal lost to Manchester United on Monday, the team has on the whole performed well this season and it was no coincidence that they had made it to the top of the Premier League.
Nasri has been a massive part of that – scoring some wonderful goals in the process.
Those that immediately spring to mind are his slaloming run and powerful finish against Porto in the UEFA Champions League, as well as this season’s volley from Andriy Arshavin’s corner at Villa Park and his two recent moments of magic against Fulham.
Truly he has grown into his role at Arsenal, and he fully deserves of this award.
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