Nasri wildly celebrates assist against former club Arsenal to rub salt in Gunners' wounds during West Ham clash

The Frenchman was making his Premier League return for the Hammers – ironically his last game in the English top flight was for Manchester City in a 3-1 win against his current club in August 2016.

Nasri,31, is on a short-term deal in East London – he looked sharp and full of running for the Clarets and was on hand to calmly assist Declan Rice for his first-ever goal on 47 minutes which proved to be the winner at the London Stadium.

The former French international is desperate to repay the faith shown in him by boss Manuel Pellegrini who has thrown him a career lifeline after his six-month doping ban.

And his excellent performance has set social media alight.

Imran_MUFC tweeted: "Samir Nasri has already got the same amount of Premier League assists in 48 minutes this season as Mesut Ozil does in 981 minutes!"

Another user added on Twitter: "In 58 minutes of football Samir Nasri has registered more assists than Naby Keita and Jorginho combined."

Jake Leach said: "I feel Samir Nasri would walk into this Arsenal team.

"The man oozed with class today and controlled the game when he was on. The composure and calmness on the ball was terrific."

Bixmak said:"Samir Nasri is like that stubborn brilliant student in a science class."

Gooner Adam blasted: "Torn to shreds by a 56 yr old Samir Nasri and Mark Noble. Vintage Arsenal."

The Hammers boss Pellegrini claims Nasri is on a mision to make up for lost time.

Pellegrini said: "He wants revenge, about the ban of 12 months or more, to decline his career.

"From Arsenal, then City bought him.

"From there his career declined, without doubt."

Nasri lasted 70 minutes and left the pitch to a standing ovation as he was replaced by Andy Carroll.

 

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