In 1995, at the tender age of 8, Samir Nasri was crowned the Bouillabaisse making champion of Marseille. His fish and saffron based stew was known across the whole of South of France for its delicate aroma and creamy rouille. Unfortunately, unbeknownst to little Samir, an unknown French Algerian named Zinedine Zidane set out to sabotage the 1996 competition. A subtly planted blowfish led to the death of the entire tasting panel (for some reason, all the judges tasted the soup simultaneously) and a lifetime ban for Marseille’s Bouillabaisse king. Nasri swore vengeance on the evil Zidane and joined Marseille’s local league team for a light kick about every Sunday afternoon in the hope that learning to be an international football star might somehow allow him re-admittance to the Bouillabaisse Franco-Nigerian League.
Young Nasri was never allowed to return to the league and his ensuing depression saw him fall in to the hands of the local Marseille gang football teams. However, by some stroke of fate he found that his long term nemesis Zidane was also an average to good minor league footballer. This heightened Nasri’s desire to become France’s second most accomplished midfielder after the infinitely enigmatic, intelligent and downright sexy Robert Pires. The rest, as they say, is l’histoire.
What Samir Nasri brings to Arsenal
Scoring in his first 4 minutes as an Arsenal player, Nasri clearly sets out to bring an attacking dimension to the middle of the park. Nasri’s major strength is close control of the ball learnt from his days playing on the streets of Marseille.
With a powerful right foot, a blossoming international career and only 22 years behind him, Nasri really has the potential to be the next Bobby or Zizou.
Samir Nasri Player Profile
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Height: 5′ 10”
Grit: 8 – “if I can be brave enough to face a knife I am brave enough to face a tough tackler”
Close ball control and ESP like perception of the game
Arsenalitis – also known as the disease of over-elaboration
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