Samir Nasri has finished fourth in our Player of the Season poll. The French star received 8.1 per cent of the votes cast and we're dedicating this week to him on the club's official website.

Here, reporter Chris Harris picks his Nasri highlights from the 2008/09 campaign.

Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United

It didn't take us long to realise that Samir Nasri has a happy knack of popping up with vital goals at important moments. He struck on his debut to see off West Brom and fired Arsenal back in front at Hull when the Tigers looked like snatching a point. But those efforts are eclipsed by Samir's brace to beat Manchester United last November. His second was the pick of the bunch and gets my nod as his goal of the season. First and foremost this was a wonderful passing move with patient probing and an explosive finish. Nasri had the presence of mind to move into space just outside the box as Theo Walcott pulled two defenders away with a clever run from right to left. The French star collected Cesc Fabregas' short pass and lashed the ball past Edwin van der Sar to spark joyous celebrations in the rain.

08/09 Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United - Samir Nasri

Arsenal 2-1 Manchester United

Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

Samir only managed two assists in his first Premier League campaign but that statistic is rather deceptive. Much like Alex Hleb, the French star rarely feeds the goalscorer directly but he often makes life easier for the 'assister' with a defence-splitting pass in the final third. As for those two assists, Nasri's contribution to Robin van Persie's fine strike against Liverpool in December stands out. The midfield was congested that day so, after collecting possession just inside his own half on the left flank, Nasri raced inside and decided to bypass the engine room. Instead he lofted a perfect pass into the path of Van Persie on the edge of the box. The Dutchman's finish was superb but Nasri's vision was key to one of Arsenal's goals of the season.

08/09 Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool - Samir Nasri

Arsenal 1-1 Liverpool

Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle United
A tough one. Samir was sensational in the first leg of the Roma tie when he was stationed in a central role behind Robin van Persie. The Giallorossi could not handle the 21-year-old as he drifted into space in front of their back four and zipped the ball around. But that display was probably just eclipsed by Samir's contribution to Arsenal's 3-0 win over Newcastle on August 30. Remember this was only his third Premier League game but already Samir was the catalyst for much of Arsenal's flowing football. Newcastle had no answer to his quick feet and clever probing, most notably when Nasri cut inside and helped to set up a goal for Denilson. Arsène Wenger was full of praise afterwards. "It was the complete performance," said the boss. "He had a great touch on the ball, good vision and good team discipline. We like him to have the ball because we know, every time he does, he’ll do something with it."

08/09 Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle United - Robin van Persie

Arsenal 3-0 Newcastle United

Arsenal 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

Perhaps the biggest positive from Samir's first season at Emirates Stadium is the ease with which he acclimatised to English football. You expect that from defenders who trade in the physical side of the game but flair players are expected to take at least six months. Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires - the man Nasri is often likened to - took time to settle but Nasri had no such problems. He scored on his Premier League debut and was running the show by the time Arsenal faced Newcastle in his third appearance. Arsène Wenger agrees. "I didn’t count Nasri in here for the first six months of the season, like I do for everybody we buy at such a young age," he said in October. "He’s 21, goes from France to England, and I must say I’m quite pleased with his attitude and his performances. He’s doing extremely well and he is already becoming an important player for us."

08/09 Arsenal 1-0 W.B.A. - Samir Nasri

Arsenal 1-0 W.B.A.

Samir is the latest in a long line of French Gunners and he described the affection for Arsenal in his home country after the 2-1 win over Manchester United last November. That game featured six French starters in Arsène Wenger's line up - a record. "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.”

Nasri interview - 160109

Samir Nasri talks to Arsenal TV Online

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23 Jun 2009