By Giuseppe Muro

Samir Nasri believes he is reaping the benefits of having a football-free summer.

The Frenchman has been in inspired form this season and already has 12 goals to his name, including the brace that sent Arsenal to the top of the Premier League table last weekend.

Nasri was a surprise omission from Raymond Domenech’s World Cup squad and he admits that his club side have been the beneficiaries of his unexpected rest.

“I had a good break this summer for the first time in my life,” said Nasri. “I had a rest for two months and real preparation at the start of the season.

“Last season I broke my leg in Austria and that makes the difference. Now I am used to playing in the Premier League so now I have my mark, I am confident and all my team are confident with me.

“I don’t care if I play on the right or on the left, now I am used to it and at the moment I score goals and I am more efficient when I play on the wing. I will continue to play on the wing.”

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11 Dec 2010