Arsenal legend calls Nasri ‘outstanding’

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Arsenal legend Martin Keown has pointed to Arsenal’s key players as their best assets in the run in to the season end, with the Gunners still in big contention for the Barclays Premier League title.

“[Samir] Nasri though is a player that I think is outstanding,” Keown told

“And for such a young man, [Jack Wilshere] seems to be the main driving force in that midfield and particularly when Fabregas isn’t around.

“Jack’s been fantastic and we’ve seen flashes of brilliance from [Robin] van Persie.”

Despite Arsenal’s current setbacks in their league title charge, Keown believes the Gunners should be given a lot of credit even if they don’t finish on top this season.


“Let’s remember that for all the doom and gloom, the team are only just second place and well ahead of teams that have spent far more money than them," he said.

The ex-Arsenal defender also believes Wenger is the right man for the job, despite fans becoming a little edgy about the Arsenal manager not having won a trophy in six years.

“You watch from the sideline and you have a great deal of respect for the guys in the dugout. It’s very difficult as an ex-player I can tell you,” Keown said.

“We [ex players] support Arsene Wenger in everything he does because we’ve worked for him and know him to be an outstanding manager.”

The 44 year old also points to Chelsea to argue that spending big money on players, something Wenger has never favoured as a tactic, doesn’t always necessarily being fruitful returns.

“Some clubs think that is the answer to everything – spending money.

“Well look at Fernando Torres, Chelsea spent £50 million on him and he hasn’t yet scored for his club – the answer isn’t necessarily going out and spending vast sums of cash on one player.”

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