Nasri: No need to be flashy

Published Dec. 15, 2010 9:52 a.m. ET

Arsenal playmaker Samir Nasri feels the Gunners can, at times, place too much importance on catching the eye.

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."