Samir Nasri will be eager to prove his worth in every match, West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini feels.
Nasri has signed a short term contract at the London Stadium in a bid to rescue his football career and would be rewarded with an extension if he replicates his old form in the Premier League.
The 31 year old had a shining debut against Birmingham City in the FA Cup and needs to find that old Midas touch when the Hammers take on his former club Arsenal.
Nasri has often found himself in the midst of a controversy for several disciplinary reasons. He completed an 18 months ban for taking banned substances before putting pen to paper for the Hammers.
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.
“I think we can expect a lot from him because he is a top player. He continues having some minutes, and when he is used to playing 90 minutes again he will be a top player at this club.”
“Every time you choose a player you have a risk without any doubt. Sometimes when you invest more money your risk increases
“When I bring players here I say my responsibility doubles than when players were already here with the squad. You must take decisions. This was a risky decision, but not a high-risk one because he signed for six months.
“He made no problem with the contract. He was not fighting for more or less money. He wants to demonstrate between now and June that he is able to be a top player in football.”