Arsenal Rely Too Much on Samir Nasri

By on March 10, 2010

Obviously the title is a swipe at those “pundits” whose favorite criticism of Arsenal for the past two or three months was that Arsenal relied too much on Cesc Fabregas. As if it’s a bad thing to have Fabregas playing the best football of his career. I said it a hundred times in the last few months but, in no way, do Arsenal rely on Fabregas in the way that United over-rely on Wayne Rooney, especially considering that the club’s second leading goalscorer behind Rooney is the other team… own goals!! That is pathetic. Even Chelsea look just better than average when Drogba isn’t on top-form, as witnessed over the last 4-6 weeks.

Arsenal showed up to play last night and they hit the bricks running, playing some of the quickest and deftest football of the season in the first half. And all without Fabregas. Samir Nasri gave a glimpse of what Arsenal’s post-Fabregas-era might look like. He took control of the Burnley match after the skipper went off and picked right up where he left off. His hold-up play, distribution, vision, and sheer industry was just magnificent. The goal itself was beyond magnificent. It was absolutely stunning. It really says something about the depth of this side that despite a number of significant injuries they continue to not only win but win in their usual style.

Nicklas Bendtner shrugged off the criticism of a few days ago from nearly all corners to give Arsenal a 2-nil lead within the first half-hour. Like I said after the weekend, Bendtner had just had “one of those days” against Burnley and the most encouraging thing about his performance was how he didn’t let either his performance at the weekend or the criticism of it affect his self-confidence. That is a sign of a growing maturity on Bendtner’s part. He has been criticized for his cockiness, but that is exactly what allowed him to step back on the pitch only 3 days after the events against Burnley and score a hat-trick in the most important European match of the season so far.

This Arsenal side continues to go from strength to strength. The freak events of the first leg were responded to with an emphatic performance to overcome a first-leg deficit in Europe for the first time since 1978. Belief and confidence continues to grow throughout the side and their is a commitment and togetherness that we haven’t seen in a while, certainly not at all last season. We are through to the Quarterfinals of the Champions League and four straight wins find us 2 points off the top of the Premier League. We are still very much alive in both competitions and no one questions whether or not this Arsenal side have the desire and the talent. Now we have the opportunity to finally turn it into silverware.


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  1. looneygooner

    March 11, 2010 at 6:51 am

    I believe Arshavin will get better for us, he had been carrying the foot injury since the Blackburn game, he was involved in three of the goals on Tuesday, his vision is second to none, Nasri is enjoying his football, all the Arsenal players are. Alumina is the main worry, his kicking on Tuesday was woeful and he isn’t good enough. Clichy had a great game, Sagna was hit and miss. Campbell is the experience we need and ‘I’d love it’ if we did a double this year so we can sing ‘Double,Double’ to the yids. if Spurs beat Fulham then our date with them will be postponed……imagine if we had to replay the game with two games to go….and we did it again at No Heart Lane…. three times I would be drunk for a week

  2. JOHN

    March 11, 2010 at 7:18 am

    We will win the Premier League and Champions League this time around.The recent wins should not make the team get carried away;we need to be patient,concentrate on the remaining fixtures and we will have the last laugh because weeks back we were written off completely.

  3. looneygooner

    March 11, 2010 at 7:22 am

    the scum media and so called football ‘experts’ have been doing this all season so to win the league and CL would be fantastic and to see all those wankers eating loads of humble pie would be lovely and I’d be drunk for another week…it’s possible I could have a drink problem by the end of the season and Sol should go to the world cup

  4. Zack

    March 11, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Hahaha I absolutely loved the article but I must say I might have loved reading every single comment. Just reading through and seeing comments about how great the team is doing then run into those fools who get all uptight about the title. Ha I saw the link to the article, which is the name of the title, and laughed, because before I even got to the article I knew it was sarcasm with the whole Fabregas deal. Great piece ArsenalStation.

    • ArsenalStation

      March 11, 2010 at 7:59 am

      That is exactly the initial response I expected from an intelligent reader. Thanks, Zack.

  5. John

    March 11, 2010 at 7:26 am

    hahaha this has turned out to be one of the most controversial articles i’ve read!! it’s comical that there are 5/6 idiots that have actually risked popping an artery with an escalated blood pressure over just the title of it!! It’s borderline.. scratch that completely sorrowful!!! I guess not too many people paid attention in year 7 English Grammar lesson “Irony and Sarcasm”!!!

  6. jonathan

    March 14, 2010 at 12:32 am

    I hate to say this but I am actually starting to like Bendtner a little more and more all the time. I have not been a big fan of him for a while, but for some reason the guy is growing on me.

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