By Chris Harris
Samir Nasri and Andrey Arshavin can hurt opponents from anywhere on the pitch, according to Arsène Wenger.
The Frenchman's two major signings since the end of last season are arguably Arsenal's most inventive players right now - especially while Cesc Fabregas and Tomas Rosicky remain on the sidelines. Nasri has shouldered the creative burden since Fabregas was injured in December while Arshavin has proved himself to be a world-class playmaker for the Russian national side.
Nasri and Arshavin are the latest in a long line of technical players to arrive at Emirates Stadium and, like Rosicky, Alexander Hleb and others before them, a central role is what they crave. But Wenger believes that Nasri and Arshavin have the talent and versatility to make their mark in a number of positions.
"If you ask Arshavin or Nasri where they want to play, they will say the middle because all the technically gifted players want to play in the centre," said Wenger.
"I believe Arshavin can play on the right, behind the strikers or on the left - and Nasri as well.
"Nasri is one of the players who have played beyond my expectations this year. He is new, he is very young, just 21, and came from Marseille to a snowy winter in England. He has adapted very well.
"He scores less in the last two months, but I see in training he has really made a huge improvement and is really strong. There is still much more to come out from him and I am very happy."Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 6 Feb 2009