Samir Nasri is ready to start winning trophies after a career of finishing just short of silverware. The Arsenal midfielder – who came second in the PFA Player of the year awards – has been speaking about his frustration of not being successful in tournaments.
It may well have been a good season for him personally with regards to his performances on the pitch, but it appears he would have swapped this for a Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League or even Carling Cup winner’s medal.
Speaking about what has ultimately been a disappointing season for Arsenal, he said: “I don't care if I'm second or even the best player in the league, I would have preferred to win the Premier League.”
“I have won nothing since I became a professional footballer at Marseille - I have always lost in the final or finished second in the league.”
This is obviously extremely frustrating for him and it is good that he is determined to win things, but he does have a long career ahead of him and plenty of time to win silverware.
With regards to his Premier League form, this season has arguably been his breakthrough year, so he needs to build on this over the next couple of campaigns. If he focuses on maintaining and improving his own game, he gives the best contribution he could to Arsenal’s chances of winning trophies.
The Frenchman will be wearing the Arsenal 125th Anniversary Kit next year and he should do so as a very focused professional. He should take the disappointment of this season and turn it into determination to be part of a successful, trophy winning side.
With regards to this campaign, it might not be a trophy, but Arsenal and Nasri need to aim to finish 2nd in the Premier League. They have worked all year to challenge for the title, so to finish 3rd would be hugely disappointing.
Next up for the Gunners is a difficult trip to FA Cup finalists Stoke City on Sunday afternoon.