SAMIR NASRI has come back to haunt his old club playing a huge role in West Ham’s vital win against Arsenal.
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.
Getty Images – Getty3 Samir Nasri celebrates with Declan Rice after the opener against Arsenal
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 goal on 47 minutes which proved to be the winner.
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!"
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Getty Images – Getty3 Samir Nasri was excellent for 70 minutes against old club Arsenal
Samir Nasri has already got the same amount of Premier League assists in 48 minutes this season as Mesut Ozil does in 981 minutes!
— Sir Jose Mourinho (@_imran_mufc_) January 12, 2019
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 #WHUARS
— Jake Leach (@ftblwriter) January 12, 2019
Samir Nasri is like that stubborn brilliant student in a science class.
— Troy⚡ (@Bixmak) January 12, 2019
Torn to shreds by a 56 yr old Samir Nasri and Mark Noble. Vintage Arsenal.
— Adam Hughes (@GoonerAdam9) January 12, 2019
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."
Getty Images – Getty3 Samir Nasri lasted 70 minutes against his old club Arsenal
Gooner Adam blasted: "Torn to shreds by a 56 yr old Samir Nasri and Mark Noble. Vintage Arsenal."
The Hammers boss Pellegrini claims Nasri who is back from a doping ban is keen 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.