Samir Nasri Gets No. 8 Jersey at Arsenal—Could He Live Up to Ian Wright?

Danny BrownAnalyst IJuly 26, 2008

In what may be seen as a surprising move, new Arsenal signing Samir Nasri has been given the famous No. 8 shirt to wear. While Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has a solid history of spotting young and promising talent, is he going too far with giving the coveted shirt to this 21-year-old from France?

Over the years, the No. 8 shirt has been worn by some of Arsenal's most famous and beloved players—none more so than the legendary Ian Wright, arguably Arsenal's greatest ever player. Previous to Wrighty, you had Arsenal stalwarts like Liam Brady, George Graham, Alan Ball and Charlie George wearing the famous jersey, while, recently, Freddie Ljungberg did an excellent job of carrying on the pride of the uniform.

Although Nasri comes with an excellent reputation—the "next Zinedine Zidane," according to some media pundits—it's still debatable whether he can adapt to the style of the English Premier League, where so many others have failed (Jose Antonio Reyes, for example).

If anyone can help the youngster to shine, however, it will be Wenger, who has one of the best records in world football when it comes to bringing the best out of young players.

Combined with Cesc Fabregas in midfield, Eduardo da Silva when he returns and a certain English whizkid by the name of Theo Walcott, a solid core is taking shape. If Wenger can get these players to gel, then Gunners fans may just have a season to enjoy this upcoming year.