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Thursday 11 July 2013

On this day in 2008: Arsenal sign Nasri

Looking back at Premier League history, we recall a French winger arriving in London

  • Nasri's first Arsenal goal came on the first day of the 2008 season against West Brom

  • Nasri scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Man Utd later that year

  • He also scored a brace as Arsenal defeated Fulham 2-1 in December 2010

Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.

On this day 11 July 2008 - Arsenal sign Samir Nasri

Arsenal completed their second major signing of the summer with the capture of winger Samir Nasri.

"I am very happy to become an Arsenal player, it means such a lot to me"
Samir Nasri

The 21-year-old signed a long-term deal with the Gunners soon after featuring for France during UEFA Euro 2008. He arrived a month after fellow midfielder Aaron Ramsey joined from Cardiff City.

"We are delighted to be signing Samir," said Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. "He is young, quick and technically an outstanding player. He has shown great potential with his performances for Marseille and the French national team over the past two seasons, and he will add great quality to our squad."

Nasri joined Marseille when he was nine years old and became an important part of the side after making his league debut during the 2004/05 campaign, winning the French First Division's Young Player of the Year award in 2007.

“I am very happy to become an Arsenal player, it means such a lot to me," said Nasri. "This is a very important step in my life as a football player because Arsenal is a massive club. I really hope everything will go well for me here. I will do my best for Arsenal and its fans, and I am honoured to be part of such a great football club.

Wenger reputation

"The fact that Arsene gives great opportunities to young players is very important for me," he said. "Arsene has a great reputation and he is one of the best managers in the world. He has proved that he puts a lot of confidence in the young players and he gives them a chance. It was very important for me to have such a great manager to work with."

Nasri impressed at The Emirates, his guile, speed and attacking flair fitting in with Wenger's playing ethos. He was included in the Professional Footballers' Association Team of the Year for the 2010/11 campaign and also won the French Player of the Year Award in 2010.

He was at Arsenal for three seasons, making 86 Barclays Premier League appearances and scoring 18 goals. He left London in 2011 after signing for Manchester City, scoring five goals as they won the League title in 2011/12.

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Key Points

  • Premierleague.com looks back through the annals of history of the competition
  • A memorable event or match from each day of the year will be selected
  • We remember the day in 2008 when Samir Nasri signed for Arsenal