Shoot Nasri Shoot
What has happened to Nasri? When he joined he was skipping past defenders, weaving his way through opposition and more importantly, he would shoot. As soon as he saw the goal, it would be bang shot after shot.
He scored on his debut, and against Manchester United he shot twice and scored, he was not fearful of missing, he had confidence in his own ability and in his own shooting. It is vital in a team that goals can come from the midfielders, also it is important that plays have the ability and accuracy to shoot from outside the box, this is something we lack at Arsenal, and some thing Nasri gave us.
In recent weeks Nasri has started to hesitate about shooting, he is starting to look for the pass; he is falling into the Hlebesque trait of passing even if you are two yards from the goal. In recent games he has had opportunities to shoot, but has instead looked to cut back and find another player. You will never score unless you take a chance and shoot, the shot can take a deflection, or the keeper can palm the ball out to one of your players.
Maybe it is a factor of having been our sole creative player since Fabregas got injured that has made Nasri think twice before shooting, he thinks he needs to be more responsible and look for players with a better opportunity to score. It could be that the initial furore of joining Arsenal has worn off and being a young player, he is experiencing a dip in form.
Whatever it is Nasri needs to rediscover his early season form and start to terrorise defences with his runs and split defences open with his passing. Nasri needs to have believe in his shooting once more. With the addition of Arshavin and the return of Walcott, Arsene will start to rest Nasri more, but he must also realise that when he returns he needs to produce the goods on the pitch. The return of Fabregas will help Samir as they work well in together; however, no player has a right to a first team place. Rosicky is not far away and if Nasri does not come good, he could find himself on the bench for many games.
We need Nasri to be more confident and shoot when the opportunity arises, Nasri will be a great player for Arsenal for years to come, and I hope that he will rediscover his shooting boots very soon.