By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes that Samir Nasri's influence from the middle of the park helped make the difference against Bolton on Saturday.

The French international has been deployed on the left flank for most of his first season at Arsenal and has made a good impression, netting five times in 20 starts while offering a creative threat from the flank.

Nasri started Saturday's game in his customary position but was shifted inside by Wenger after the break as the home side struggled to break down a stubborn Bolton back line. With Nasri pulling the strings, Arsenal looked more dangerous and were rewarded for their persistence when Nicklas Bendtner scored a late winner.

Afterwards, Wenger explained why he asked Nasri to play a different role in the second half.

"He gave us a little bit more creativity in the centre, especially in a tight game like that," said the manager.

"Of course, he [Nasri] is a link player and can also pass people.

"From then on it became a little bit more difficult for Bolton. It was my idea - sometimes accidentally I have them."

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13 Jan 2009