Arsenal news – Best to come from Nasri, Walcott plans 20 goals, Vermaelen Chelsea return

Best to come from Nasri.

Samir Nasri scored a wonderful brace in the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Fulham to send the Gunners top of the Premier League. The strikes sandwiched Diomansy Kamara’s first half equialiser.

Having put the Gunners ahead with a magnificent strike, Nasri left it late to score the winner, though it proved well worth the wait.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that the best is still yet to come from the former Marseille star, according to

He said: “I was delighted with Nasri. He showed great quality, great desire, great touch and intelligence. He is showing everyone how talented he is and I think there is more to come from him.”

Walcott plans 20 goals.

Theo Walcott has revealed his hope that he can score 15-20 goals for the Gunners this season, and help them to win any trophy they can.

The 21-year-old has been criticised at times for his crossing, and was famously damned by former England international Chris Waddle who said Walcott didn’t have a football brain.

But according to, the ex-Southampton youth feels he is at a good position so early on in his career and wants to add some silverware to his growing amount of runner-up medals and England awards from his younger days.

He said: “I want to try to push on now. I think I need to. I’m 21 but people still forget it’s very difficult to play for Arsenal. To be 21 and playing for Arsenal is a very good achievement. This is our season to bring something back to the fans because they have waited quite a long time. It would be brilliant to be in a final and then, going that step further, actually holding a trophy up. Definitely.”

Vermaelen Chelsea return.

Arsenal have scheduled Thomas Vermaelen to return to first team action in the top-of-the-table clash with Chelsea at Christmas, according to a report on Mirror Football.

The Belgian international has been absent since September with a damaged Achilles tendon, and an injury setback prevented his intended comeback three weeks ago.

Should the 25-year-old successfully complete his rehabilitation and return on schedule it also means he will be present for the Champions League knockout stages assuming Arsenal qualify.

A win over Partizan Belgrade on Wednesday will guarantee progression, and should ensure Vermaelen sees more European action this season.

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