Samir Nasri has attributed his impressive form this season to a growth in maturity. The French midfielder fired the Gunners to the top of the league at the weekend with a magnificent brace, which took his season’s tally to 11 so far.
Nasri told The Independent: “When I’m in front of a goalkeeper I am more relaxed now. Before I felt too much pressure to score, I wanted it too much maybe. Now I don’t worry as much.
“I’m more at ease in the game and I’m not just looking for goals, I’m looking to work for the team. I think I’m more mature in my football game. I think more with my head.”
Chase on for Steele.
Arsenal face competition in the race for Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele, with Aston Villa joining the hunt for the coveted youngster.
Steele has been hotly tipped to eventually develop into a natural competitor for Joe Hart’s England No. 1 jersey, and with both clubs eager to improve their goalkeeping departments the £4m-rated stopper could have a decision to make in January.
Goal.com is reporting that while Boro are reluctant to sell, internally there is a resignation that a deal may need to be reached should finances become too much of an issue at the Riverside.
Gunners in for Chamberlain.
Arsenal are reportedly looking at the possibility of bringing in impressive Southampton youngster Alex Chamberlain, according to The First Post.
The 18-year-old, who made his professional debut earlier this year, is considered the next big product of the Saints’ youth academy, and is the club’s second youngest all-time appearance maker behind current Arsenal winger Theo Walcott.
The Gunners’ chief scout Steve Rowley has been monitoring the midfielder in recent weeks, and Arsene Wenger is thought to be keen to get some sort of agreement in place in the new year.