The English Premiership is taking a backseat as far as I'm concerned due to the Olympics in Beijing but while surfing channels just now, I had the good fortune of witnessing French international Samir Nasri's deftly struck goal for the Gunners against West Brom.
But to me Samir has to make the quantum leap if he is to be considered a key figure in Arsene Wenger's scheme of things.
If the Gunners think they have bought the new Zidane, they are sadly mistaken.
He is instead similar in many ways to Alain Giresse or Youri Djorkaeff, intelligent and nimble attacking midfielders who can play in the hole or on the flanks depending on the situation. Samir will do well if he can work towards emulating Djorkaeff in terms of overall contribution to the team, goalscoring rate and above all the swerving free-kicks.
But for sure Samir will improve under Wenger. Question is how fast and how much! By the way I applauded his through ball to Adebayor only for the Togolese to miss in the second half.
I'm no Arsenal fan but I appreciate their game. Also they have a French-speaking backfour, comprising three French and one Swiss player. In fact as many as seven French-speaking players were on the starting XI.