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Frenchman eager to make impact after missing World Cup 2010

Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri is chomping at the bit to star for club and country in the season ahead.

Nasri, 23, endured a frustrating campaign after injury forced him on the sidelines and stopped him presenting a firm case to travel to World Cup 2010 with France. Despite the setback, the ex-Marseille star showed flashes of brilliance towards the end of the season and is set for a key role under Arsene Wenger and Laurent Blanc.

Speaking to L'Equipe, Nasri said: "I was very frustrated last season, being injured early on.

"I needed time to get back to my best level. Then I wasn't called up for the World Cup.

"I missed football for two-and-a-half months. I had a lot of time to rest and ask myself questions. I am not hungry now, I am starving."

He added: "When I discovered that I wasn't part of the squad for the World Cup, I got a big slap in the face.

"The next day I had a chat with [Arsenal boss] Arsene Wenger and he reassured me.

"What really bothered me were the reasons given by some people. I was told that myself and Karim Benzema weren't chosen because we cause trouble.

"After seeing the strike [the French players' response to Nicolas Anelka being sent home from South Africa], I told myself: 'We haven't been called upon because we are troublemakers, what would have happened if we had been there?'

"Usually it is not good to be absent from such events, but not on this occasion. There is now an opportunity for those players who weren't at the World Cup.

"No-one has won in all of this though. We have become the laughing stock of world football."

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