By Giuseppe Muro

Bacary Sagna has revealed Samir Nasri has become a dressing-room favourite among his Arsenal team-mates.

Nasri’s imperious form continued with two wonderful goals to down Fulham on Saturday and one of the reasons for his impressive season, Sagna insists, is down to his great relationships with the squad away from the pitch.

Sagna says the midfielder’s infectious personality fits in perfectly and he feels this is evident when you see how he connects with his team-mates when they cross the white line.

“He is always crazy,” said Sagna. “He is a really good guy. He likes to spend time with the players and I think we can feel it on the pitch.

“He feels well with everyone and even with the team. He fits very well into Arsenal and it shows in his performances.

“I think he is one of our best players of the season and on Saturday he showed it again. Because of him we won the game. I’m not surprised to see him playing like this. He needed to settle a bit but now he is showing his best and he will show even more.”

The 23-year-old was a shock omission from France’s World Cup squad over the summer and Sagna admits he was shocked by the decision.

“Honestly, I was really surprised. You never know in football. The manager [Raymond Domenech] had to make some choices and he made them but everybody was a bit surprised.

“But I think it was not because of football, I don’t know what happened. Maybe we should ask the manager.”

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6 Dec 2010