Arsenal Midfielder Nasri Negates Zidane Comparisons

The Frenchman has dispelled the notion that he is the second coming of legendary attacker Zinedine Zidane.

It is easy to compare France's World Cup winning No. 10 Zinedine Zidane to Arsenal's burgeoning starlet Samir Nasri. Both share an Algerian heritage, have identical nationalities, are sons of south coast city Marseille, they play similar roles and are technically skilled.

However, Nasri refuses to entertain the analogies, claiming he is "flattered" that such comparisons are made, but he believes it is a "mistake" to be likened to the legend.

"To be honest, this comparison is a load of nonsense," Nasri explained to L’Equipe. "It is flattering, but it is a mistake."

The attack-minded midfielder then went on to praise Yoann Gourcuff, Bordeaux's young star on loan from Serie A giants Milan.

"He had a hard time during his stay with Milan," Nasri said.

"Many people wrote him off too quickly. But, as far as I am concerned, I was always aware of his potential."

Nasri has enjoyed a fine rookie season in the Premier League under the tutelage of Alsatian manager Arsene Wenger. He famously downed Manchester United at the Emirates by scoring a well-taken deuce.

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