Nasri: No need to be flashy

The Gunners are renowned for their free-flowing football, but that

approach has failed to deliver success over recent years. The north

London giants last secured a major trophy back in 2005, with the

top prizes having eluded them despite their pleasing approach to

the game. French midfielder Nasri feels it may be time for Arsene

Wenger’s side to alter their approach, with it important that

results take priority over performances. Monday’s 1-0 defeat to

arch-rivals Manchester United highlighted Arsenal’s deficiencies

once again, with the setback at Old Trafford the latest in a long

line of disappointing showings against their fellow title hopefuls.

“Goals and flamboyant football don’t pose a problem for me,” Nasri

said in The Sun. “The essential thing, though, is my team wins and

we’re in it at the end. “Sometimes you have to store away your

flashy clothes in the cupboard and work for the team. “It was more

of a tactical game against United, where you had to defend a lot.

Patrice Evra was attacking well and combining well with Park

Ji-sung. “We were much more adventurous in the second half, given

the fact we also had to respond after they took the lead. “In the

first half, we sat back and waited for them a bit. We didn’t want

to push too high up, because they always find each other in space,

whether it’s Park or Wayne Rooney playing on his own up front. “We

wanted to sit back and wait for them and we held out well until we

conceded the goal four minutes from half-time. “We came back into

the match and had one or two chances to score but, unfortunately,

just couldn’t do it.”