Date: 27th May 2009 at 12:39pm
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In his rookie year in the Premier League, Arsenal’s Samir Nasri has been voted Vital Arsenal Young player of the year for the 2008/09 season.

Nasri, the oldest candidate in our members poll, just fell under our criteria of being 21 or under to be considered for the award. He arrived in North London after spending the early part of his young career at Olympique Marseille, for an undisclosed fee of course.

Nasri immediately slotted into the Arsenal way of playing and bagged the winner in a 1-0 victory over the now relegated West Bromwich Albion on his league debut on the opening day of the season to ensure the Gunners got off to a flyer.

Sami’s greatest moment in his first season as an Arsenal player came in, what many called the greatest PL match of the season, a match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Ashburton Grove in which the Gunners emerged victors in a 2-1 scoreline.

In the 22nd minute Nasri pounced and smashed the ball into the back of the United onion bag via a deflection. But he wasn’t finished there, oh no, early in the second half Nasri picked up the ball outside the United area, Theo peeled off creating space for Samir to take aim and thrash an unstoppable shot past the United goal keeper.

Nasri played pretty consistently for the majority of the season and earned himself 31% of the Vital Arsenal votes, narrowly pipping a vastly improved Alex Song to the honour who finish 2nd by one measley percentage with 30% of the votes.

Here’s how you voted.

Fabianski 5%
Song 30%
Denilson 7%
Ramsey 1%
Walcott 7%
Wilshere 2%
Bendtner 6%
Vela 2%
Gibbs 9%
Nasri 31%

Please register your votes for Vital Arsenal player of the year, and watch this space for Tim Stillman’s own personal opinion of the players of the year.