The best £22 million Arsenal ever made?

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Arsenal fans won't be happy to have seen Robin van Persie net the winner in the Manchester derby, but there was another player on the opposite team who they won't be too fussed about losing.

Manchester United's derby winner at the Etihad was a goal made at Arsenal, except fans wouldn't have known whether to laugh or cry.

There would certainly be a tinge of regret over seeing Robin van Persie score the winner, wishing the Gunners captain was still wearing red and white at the Emirates.

But watching Samir Nasri deflect the ball into the City net would certainly have cheered them up. The Frenchman seemed to hide behind Edin Dzeko in the wall, limply extending a foot to divert the ball bast Joe Hart. He's been slated enough for it, but it was pretty pathetic.

Nasri has become a bit of an enigma at City - After a slow start in 2011/12 he kicked on scoring vital goals against Tottenham and Chelsea in the second half of the season, but this campaign he has failed to show up.

He hasn't scored a goal in the Premier League since the opening day, and he has delivered just one assist since then too - In a 5-0 thrashing of Aston Villa.

Crucially in the Champions League he has failed to step up, going missing along with largely the rest of City's first team, scoring his only goal in a 3-1 away loss to Ajax, and there are questions still over whether he and David Silva can play in the same side.

There is no denying Nasri's talent, at times at Arsenal he was sensational, but his critics would argue his two year spell was very inconsistent barring a five month spell at the start of the 2010/11 season, but even then he trailed off badly.

Put simply Nasri is an excellent player, but when the going gets tough he tends to disappear. Arsenal have had it tough themselves over the past couple of years. Even in his last game for Arsenal, a 2-0 home defeat to a Kenny Dalglish led Liverpool he couldn't stop the inexperienced side being overrun, and both player and club decided the take the money and split.

Would Nasri have made a difference last season or this? Of course he'd be a good addition to the squad, but whether he would have carried them from also-rans to title challengers last season or this we doubt it.

We'll never know, but the high price Arsenal got for him makes him money well received, which Arsenal have put to use - Cazorla is an upgrade on the Frenchman.

Given the bad blood the petulant Frenchman has created between himself and his former fans, the Gunners certainly wouldn't take him back, which is a shame for him because if he continues to disappear for City then he may be looking for a new club.

Arsenal will wish they had kept Van Persie, but Nasri - Surely his sale is the best £22 million they ever made.

Do you agree? Was £22 million for Nasri an excellent piece of business by the Gunners?

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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