By Chris Harris
Samir Nasri is capable of scoring goals, creating goals, and finding the right balance between the two.
That's the verdict of Arsène Wenger, who is expected to let the French international reprise his midfield role in the absence of Cesc Fabregas at Hull City on Saturday.
Nasri assumed the captain's creative mantle against Burnley last weekend, setting up the opening goal for Fabregas before dictating the tempo once the skipper had left the field with a hamstring problem.
Nasri was even better against Porto on Tuesday, playing the incisive pass which led to Nicklas Bendtner's opener before ending the visitors' resistance with a breathtaking solo effort in the second half. Wenger is impressed with his compatriot's form and says there is plenty more to come from him.
"He had a very good game against Burnley and scored a remarkable goal against Porto," said the manager.
"His injury during the [Porto] game meant he was a little bit handicapped. He had more presence in the Burnley game because of the kick he got.
"He can score and help assists. What is important is to keep the balance between giving the ball in the final third and scoring goals. On this occasion he made the right decision and has the talent to do it."Copyright 2014 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 12 Mar 2010