How does Nasri compare to mazy masters Villa, Barnes and Gemmill?

12 March 2010 07:52
Arsene Wenger could not have put it better. 'For me, the great players are those who score goals and give assists,' he said. 'Against Porto, Nasri makes a great pass for the first goal and scores a great goal himself.' Indeed, his goal was so great it's worth analysing in detail.

1 Nasri receives the ball from Abou Diaby on the right wing. Hisoptions seem limited as he is well marked by Raul Meireles, andCristian Rodriguez comes across to assist his team-mate. But Nasribegins his run by shepherding the ball inside Raul Meireles

2 Nasri's problems get worse, as left back Alvaro Pereira joins thedefensive posse. But the little Frenchman shows fantastic closecontrol, feinting to go inside (dotted arrow) for a left-foot shot,then dropping his right shoulder and heading into the area.

3 Diaby (bottom of frame) is by now reduced to a mesmerised spectator,as Nasri plots his route to Porto's goal. With Raul Meireles andRodriguez now snapping at his heels, Nasri dummies the bemused AlvaroPereira left and then cuts past him on the right to the byline.

4 The Porto defence are expecting a cross, but Nasri has other ideas.As Alvaro Pereira makes a last despairing lunge, Nasri caps his wondergoal with his 14th touch, a right-foot shot across goalkeeper Helton.The ball clips the inside of the far post and goes in.

But were these the greatest of them all?

 RICKY VILLATottenham Hotspur v Manchester City (FA Cup final replay, 1981)

Tottenham's 'other' Argentinian twisted and turned past four City defenders before slotting the winner past Joe Corrigan.


 JOHN BARNESBrazil v England (Friendly, Maracana, 1984)

It was just like watching Brazil! Barnes ran from the left wing, beating five opponents, before rounding the keeper and scoring.


 ARCHIE GEMMILLScotland v Holland (World Cup, Mendoza, 1978)

Gemmill gave the Scots hope of reaching the knockout stage with his mazy run, but Johnny Rep's goal for 3-2 put them out.

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