By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes Samir Nasri now has the ‘taste’ for scoring goals.

The 23-year-old has hit the net 12 times in 21 games this season – matching his tally in his previous two seasons at Emirates Stadium. Wenger knows why he is a different player.

“What has changed is that he scores goals,” said the manager. “For a long time when you play football if you are not convinced you can score goals you accept it somewhere.

“But when you get that taste for scoring goals that reinforces your belief and that is what I believe has changed. He knows now that he can score goals in every single game so he doesn’t give up that idea during a game.”

Wenger also believes that Nasri has benefitted from missing out on the World Cup last summer- mentally as much as physically.

“The French players who were at the World Cup had to overcome mental heaviness in their heads and on their shoulders.

“They were not very welcomed back to France and he did not have that handicap.”

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11 Dec 2010