The Tottenham winger is in a rich vein of form so far this season.
What a difference a year has made for Nacer Chadli. After finding himself in and out of the side for much of his first season at White Hart Lane after a move from FC Twente, the winger is now an important part of Mauricio Pochettino’s attacking lineup, and has responded by scoring an impressive 4 goals already this season, just one short of his total contribution last year.
And there will be few goals Spurs fans will celebrate more than his effort against Arsenal at the Emirates this weekend.
Though Chadli’s strike ended up being cancelled out by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s equaliser, the 25-year-old admitted that finding the net in such a contested game was fantastic.
“It’s the best feeling you can get, to score in a derby like this to go 1-0 up,” he told the Spurs website.
“It was a great feeling. I’m really thankful to our fans, they were really there for us and really pushed us today.
“I’m very pleased to score, we wanted the three points but Arsenal had chances and scored one. One point is not that bad.”
The Belgian was somewhat harshly booked for his celebrations, as he cupped his hands to his ears to silence the home crowd. It may have been after his somewhat weaker attempt on goal in the first half drew some jeers from the home fans.
“I had to shoot with my left foot in the first half and it’s not my best foot,” Chadli admitted.
“I didn’t get too many chances, didn’t touch the ball a lot, but for a forward player, you might get one chance and you have to be focused.”