Samir Nasri signs for Arsenal: Is he the missing piece of the puzzle?

Sean KellyAnalyst IJune 23, 2008

Arsenal have managed to secure the signature of highly rated French dynamo Samir Nasri for a fee expected to be around £15.8 million.

Before Euro 2008 started, it was highly publicised that Arsene Wenger was a huge fan of the young Frenchman and that he was extremely keen to get him in his young squad.

This signing is expected to see the end of the "unsettled" Alexander Hleb, as it is likely he will complete his move to Barcelona.

Personally as an Arsenal fan this is fantastic news (especially the departure of Hleb). For one an unsettled player should never be kept especially seeing as he is willing to buy out his own contract. (Take note Alex Ferguson sell Ronaldo while you still can.) And obviously the fact that Samir has joined.

I believe Nasri will offer so much more than Hleb, and that Hleb has been overrated. Don't get me wrong he is a good player, but made to look better by the talent that surrounds him.

A major thing along with his play-making ability, the young Frenchman has a good eye for goal, which I'm afraid Hleb lacks. Since Robert Pires and Freddie Ljungberg left, Arsenal haven't quite had that presence in midfield to add the goals as those two did.

I expect Samir Nasri to take the Number eight shirt left by Ljungberg and replicate his success with The Gunners, and become a force in the midfield.

And hopefully he can help us win the Premier League.