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VA Young Player Of The Year - Samir Nasri

In his rookie year in the Premier League, Arsenal's Samir Nasri has been voted Vital Arsenal Young player of the year for the 2008/09 season.

Nasri, the oldest candidate in our members poll, just fell under our criteria of being 21 or under to be considered for the award. He arrived in North London after spending the early part of his young career at Olympique Marseille, for an undisclosed fee of course.

Nasri immediately slotted into the Arsenal way of playing and bagged the winner in a 1-0 victory over the now relegated West Bromwich Albion on his league debut on the opening day of the season to ensure the Gunners got off to a flyer.

Sami's greatest moment in his first season as an Arsenal player came in, what many called the greatest PL match of the season, a match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Ashburton Grove in which the Gunners emerged victors in a 2-1 scoreline.

In the 22nd minute Nasri pounced and smashed the ball into the back of the United onion bag via a deflection. But he wasn't finished there, oh no, early in the second half Nasri picked up the ball outside the United area, Theo peeled off creating space for Samir to take aim and thrash an unstoppable shot past the United goal keeper.

Nasri played pretty consistently for the majority of the season and earned himself 31% of the Vital Arsenal votes, narrowly pipping a vastly improved Alex Song to the honour who finish 2nd by one measley percentage with 30% of the votes.

Here's how you voted.

Fabianski 5%
Song 30%
Denilson 7%
Ramsey 1%
Walcott 7%
Wilshere 2%
Bendtner 6%
Vela 2%
Gibbs 9%
Nasri 31%

Please register your votes for Vital Arsenal player of the year, and watch this space for Tim Stillman's own personal opinion of the players of the year.




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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday May 27 2009

Time: 12:38PM

Your Comments

Still Denilson for me. I've been enthused by Nasri's honeymoon season, though 4 assists and 7 goals wasn't an outstanding return. Denilson has been uber consistent in an infuriatingly inconsistent season.
Little Dutch
I'd be tempted to side with Bendtner ... though will not argue with either Nasri or Denilson. It's Sami's first season in England and he really looks the part, as LD says, not the greatest return but he's worked hard to be an integral part of the squad. Denilson has done a great job of filling a void left by Flamini, he played the most minutes and played them well. But Nicky wins it for me simply because of his goal scoring, and he did so under the most adverse conditions, he wasn't just battling with oppo defenders, but (when playing at home) his own fans. The guy is mentally tough and has done brilliantly.
Rocky7
Me too, I think Samir's had a good season but Den has been the most outstanding and consistent U21 player.
GoonerLou
So what do we think given your comments about Denilson? Should he be our first choice midfielder alongside Cesc next season? In other words, we shouldn't therefore buy another more experienced central midfielder?
Gooner_Vin
I think we do need another player in there GV, but that is only due to the massive importance of the position and Denilson's ability to have the odd stinker and not really impose himself on the game. But he got my. It is a bit of a sad indictment on Arsenal fans that Song was that close to Nasri when Denilson has been far superior.
Tom14
I'm quoting a comment on another site i stumbled across : http://blog.emiratesstadium.info/?p=790#comments It a pretty balanced site comparable to this one for the good sense of the articles/comments: 2007/8 Flamini (Full EPL season) Tackles won 104 (lost 61) success rate 63% Pass Interceptions 57 Passes 1,501 (successful 90%) Assists 2 Goals 1 2008/9 Denilson (Full EPL season) Tackles won 103 (lost 28) success rate 79% (5th in the league for won total) Pass interceptions 155 (best in the League) Passes 2,533 (successful 87%) best in the league Assists 7 (7th) Goals 3 Fouls won 78 (4th in League - Ronaldo had 79) Champions league he was 2nd in Passing and 2nd in tackling across all of Europe. Vieira and Gilberto have described him (this year) as an amazing player. Even Arshavin said he was MOM against Portsmouth in leading such a young team to dominance. So the question must be raised that as a young man that has just turned 21 what more should he have done this year? Yet still some fans fail to give him any credit. I would be utterly amazed if AW dropped him in favour of some mythical “monster” CDM that some are baying for. There is simply no one out there that comes close to what he does in tackling and especially intercepts (some are good at one or the other but few at both). And he chips in well as a DCM with goals and assists to boot. Song has had a good year playing in a variety of roles and is better than Denilson in the air and brings a more physical presence that so many fans want. But he does not have the same positioning and all round game as Denilson, hence he is more likely to be used as no 2 DCM and also backup CD. AW will also use him with Denilson when he wants to DCM’s (tried on a few occasions this year) Lastly Denilson has only once been called up to the full Brazil squad - when Gilberto was ill. So this is in many ways a positive (fewer games and less travel). He is the only first team player that is not (yet) in his national squad. But it is interesting that at the beginning of this season AW told Gilberto that he would be no 2 to Denilson, hence Gilberto moved to Greece, to ensure he would still have a regular first team football. When will Dunga of Brazil also wake up to fact of who is the better player? and oh..Happy Bday LD
number14
sorry its all jumbled
number14
Check this out: http://blog.emiratesstadium.info/?p=758#comments..LMAO
number14
LD dont you know the worlds fastest penguin, best winger eva, superstar from ****e hart lane who is better than walcott and if Messi doesnt skin Evra a few times tonight will then be crowned the king of world soccer got 5 goals and 4 assists all season.
iceman10
As for Denilson his stats are very impressive and id have him over Flamini anyday the problem most people fail to recognise is we fell apart at the tail end of last season and "monster" Flamini was playing. Neither him or Denilson can defend the aerial ball like Gilberto, Vieira or Petit and we have missed that incredibly especially given that our 1st choice centre back pairing is pretty small.
iceman10
samir has been great for us this season, another of wenger's special buys. this his first season, working with different configurations in midfield, i think he has adapted very well. he richly deserves the votes. next season, i believe he will rise even higher becos of his understanding with arshavin. i feel he doesnt connect as well with the likes of ade and diaby. he seems to do better with cesc, denilson, bendtner and rvp as we saw against liverfools. besides nasri, my votes would go to bendtner for his amazing tally of goals coming off the bench, denilson for his consistency and song for his improvement and commitment to get in and fight.
supersof
I can't wait to see Cesc and Nasri in a middle three again. They look immense together, but we need to sort out the defensive balance.
Tom14
"As for Denilson his stats are very impressive and id have him over Flamini anyday the problem most people fail to recognise is we fell apart at the tail end of last season and "monster" Flamini was playing." Sorry iceman10, but Flamini wasn't playing at the end of last season. Mascherano that **** injured him when we played away at Anfield in the Champions League and I think we would've won the game if Flamini had stayed on (desite the referee's agenda towards Liverpool and that ******** penalty). He was out for the rest of the season.
ArsenalFan01
He played when we lost to Birmingham, drew with Villa, Wigan and Middlesbrough, the loss to Chelsea and the two 1-1 draws with Liverpool.
Tom14
 

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