By Declan Taylor

Samir Nasri believes that the French community at Arsenal has made the Club his home from home.

Nasri, who scored his first professional brace against Manchester United on Saturday, was one of six French starters in the Arsenal line up – the most in Arsenal history.

The midfielder revealed that the Gallic contingent that has been a mainstay of Arsène Wenger’s reign in North London has affected the way that the Club is viewed across the channel.

“In France we consider Arsenal as the 21st team in our league,” said Nasri.

 “I used to watch Arsenal on TV when Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry were there. I was a bit too young when Eric Cantona was at Manchester United. But that Arsenal team was definitely the one I was watching.

“It seems like a French team. The manager is French, we have African players who speak French and there is a lot of French talking everywhere.”

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10 Nov 2008