Belfast Telegraph

Nasri learns to keep his cool

Samir Nasri believes a more relaxed attitude has helped him become ruthless in front of goal as Arsenal look to keep themselves in the Barclays Premier League title race.

France midfielder Nasri, 23, has scored 12 goals this season but was unable to help the Gunners avoid a defeat at Old Trafford on Monday night which saw Manchester United overtake them at the top of the table.

"Sometimes it is just something in your head, you think you can do it, you manage it once or twice and then you say 'yes, it is possible'," he said.

"I am playing higher up the wing now and the boss asks me to go in behind defenders because I have the ability to do it," he said.

"Now I go behind defenders more because I know I am able to.

"When I am 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 am more at ease with the game and I am not looking for goals, I am looking to work for the team.

"If you feel like that, the opportunities come along naturally.

"I think more with my head - things are 90% in your head and everything else comes after that.

"If you can see things earlier, you can anticipate the pass, the shot, everything like that."


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