People often debate over who’s the best player in the world. In 2009 it was a two horse race with Ronaldo and Lionel Messi battling it out for that coveted Ballon D’or and the World Player of the Year double (Messi won). Unfortunately the form has come at the wrong time post the Ballon D’or shortlist nominees as Samir Nasri has nothing to commend him on his recent performances bar pride.
What a transformation he has undergone these past few months. Last season he was relatively unknown amongst Europe’s top dogs, he wasn’t even chosen for the French World Cup squad and now he is regarded as a dominant figure in the footballing world performing consistently well week in, week out for his club earning him this mention.
He has scored six goals in his last five games taking his tally to 12 for the season. His outstanding contribution against Fulham has catapulted him up the ranks of the Golden Boot standings consolidating his place amongst England’s finest with eight goals. What must be noted as well is the quality of these goals. Coming up to his superb double on Saturday, Nasri had yet to showcase his control of a football. It sounds simple doesn’t it? He’s definitely made it look simple too as he (with ease) shifted the ball back beyond two defenders and rifled his shot into the top corner. His second goal was more of the same, receiving the ball off Van Persie he elegantly cruised into the box, shuffled past two defenders, rounded the keeper and squeezed home from a tight angle to secure the three points Arsenal so desperately needed.
Nasri has been without a shadow of a doubt Arsenal’s best player this year, replacing the unusually inefficient Ccptain Cesc Fabregas who’s had a rather dire campaign contributing very little, but in his defence this season he’s been constantly hampered by injuries, most recently a hamstring strain which adds to the never ending on-going list.
Unfortunately Nasri’s unsuccessful form from earlier this year has robbed him of the prestigious award that is the Ballon D’or. It will most likely go to Argentine Lionel Messi after a dazzling array of performances all season finishing with a tally of 34 league goals last season and 13 for this latest season. He was influential in Barca’s 5-0 demolition of Real Madrid just last Monday splitting the defence wide open putting David Villa through on goal on two seperate occasions.
If Nasri can hold this form until the rest of the season who knows where or what he’ll be doing next year. Recently people have started to compare him to the Robert Pires of the invincibles era.
For the near future I will be keeping a close eye on Mr Nasri and I hope, for his sake, that he can carry this form into the new year.