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Why Signing Arshavin Makes So Much Sense

Regular readers of this site will know that I recently advocated the acquisition of Andrei Arshavin, before concrete rumours were ever spread. At this point in time, I am delighted to see the likelihood of Arsenal actually acquiring him has evidently gone up.

At 5’7″, Arshavin is not the most imposing figure. At 27, his rise to stardom has come late. Even his shining moment, last summer’s Euro’s, came at the expense of a dreadfully ineffective performance against Spain. He is also a player who some believe has temperamental issues.

Certainly, he is a player with much baggage. If he is bought, it will not be on the cheap. He quite possibly might be the biggest single-player gamble Wenger has taken. But is he worth it?

I wholeheartedly believe he can be a massive player for us. Here is a player with speed, technique, eyes for both passing and scoring, and according to Myles Palmer, is Pires-esque in that he is a two-footed winger.

At 27, time is certainly not on his side. As a child growing up, he avidly followed Barcelona. Only now is he getting a chance to play for a club to rival them.

He comes from a former Communist country. He is used to cold weather and harsh realities of life. He is not a pampered wannabe pop star. He is older, and likely wiser than many of our players.

On a personal sense, he has the skills, mentality, and drive to achieve great things. He has wanted his chance at the top for awhile, and a club like the Arsenal will give him that.

On a tactical sense, as stated in an earlier article of mine, his pace and dribbling skills are much needed. Nasri, Denilson, Song, Diaby, and to an extent Eboue, do not have speed as a main asset. They rarely go on singular forays into the opposing defense’s final third, drawing defenders out of position. While his dribbling style is not the same as Hleb’s, it nevertheless can be just as effective. His virtuoso displays against the Netherlands and Manchester United displayed his ability to attack the top defenders. He has a goal scoring record to prove his threat. On the left of midfield, he can be a massive thorn in the side of the opposition. In a side that seemingly did not have the desire to fight against teams like Hull, Stoke, and Fulham, Arshavin’s directness can be a blast of fresh air in the faces of our other attackers. Because he can play in midfield or up front, he will cause competition for places, something Adebayor could certainly use a bit of. One only needs to look at the early-season emergence of Vela to see how van Persie’s form has been affected by a new player; Arshavin would most likely have that same effect.

Andrei Arshavin will not be cheap, and he will have to adapt to the Premier League, but he is not a player who will want to dally around with his career. The Russian Premier League is over, and he has had quite a few months to relax. He will be able to jump right into the squad and be a right kick up the arse of our team. Everyone knows that is exactly the effect we need to marshall us forward.

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Seb
Seb
12 years ago

Cue Arsene denying any interest in tomorrows press conference… According to Arsenal.com he will be mentioning Arshavin so it will be interesting to hear what he has to say.

biscuit
biscuit
12 years ago

Agreed 100%. Wenger has held his pre-match press conference lets just hope he does turn around and say “I am not interested in signing Andrei Arshavin”. Cos I think they’ll be a few disappointed Gooners if he does.

Mike.from.around.da.way
Mike.from.around.da.way
12 years ago

100% Wenger would deny reports linking us with Arshavin. He’s a dickhead when it comes to talking about transfers!!!

Mike.from.around.da.way
Mike.from.around.da.way
12 years ago

it also looks more likely Toure isn’t goin anywhwere, bcoz Gallas is rukked out for 3 weeks and Toure has to fill the void left by Gallas. So i doubt vey much Toure would be going anywhere, which is good news

Bergy
Bergy
12 years ago

Just on sky.zenit have send a valuetion 2 arsenal.and is waiting for a reply.there must be something going on

Samir
12 years ago

On sky sports news, apparently Zenit have filed a few papers to Arsenal, I’m not sure what papers and Zenit are waiting or a reply!

NorthBankLegend
12 years ago

Arshavin is just the boost we need, a creative player with experience. He will enable us to rest the likes of Walcott, Fabregas, Nasri and Rosicky (when they come from injury).

athlon
athlon
12 years ago

Yeah, Wenger will deny any rumours on Arshavin.

tombo
tombo
12 years ago

I hope he denys it, he’s over rated and not good enough!
Vela/nasri or arse shavin?

Redbearer
Redbearer
12 years ago

Let’s just hope that Arsenal don’t pull the plug on any potential deal with Zenit St.Petersburg like Tottenham did in the summer! Arshavin can make a real impact in the Premiership if he is given his chance to shine!

GalvestonGooner
GalvestonGooner
12 years ago

Hey guys, I’ve only been following football since the last world cup, so I don’t have a great frame of reference for player values…what do ya’ll think a fair price for arshavin would be…otherwords, what would you be happy to pay for him?

Just looking at the Hleb and nasri deals, and his statements that he will never play for zenit again, 20mil seems too much to me. i was thinking like 12-15 million would be more appropriate. thoughts?

the king of the world
the king of the world
12 years ago

lol guys everybody knows that 2moro wenger when asked will say there is no progress and when there is then we’ll be the first to know.
stop gettin over excited n kiddin yourselves. we r just gona av 2 wait, its simple!!!!!

JB
JB
12 years ago

I completely agree Goonerchris! Great article!
Hope we don’t get scared away by the greedy russians though

Ike
Ike
12 years ago

Yep, Wenger will say he doesn’t want to talk about the rumours … Anyway we do need a creative player. If we don’t get one and Nasri gets injured, we can just forget about CL for next season.

Family Enclosure Man
Family Enclosure Man
12 years ago

I agree with much of what you say. Arshavin is a gamble – there are all sorts of reasons he could fail at Arsenal or anywhere else in the PL – BUT he is also the sort of play who could galvanise the whole team to play at a higher level. His arrival would enable others to shift positions (eg, Nasri to CM or RM) and would add a whole new dimension of inventiveness, directness and unpredictability to the side. If there is one thing that Arsenal have become in the past year, it’s too predictable.

Mraces
Mraces
12 years ago

where is our def mid and centre back signings, i really hope if we sign Arshavin he wont be the only one coming in this January

Lightning Kev
Lightning Kev
12 years ago

this chap will give us depth whih enables us to rest/rotate players…which is something we do not do effectively at the moment.

CadeRoberts
12 years ago

JB, Goonerchris didn’t write this article, check the author’s name.

Of course Wenger will be coy, but if he doesn’t flat out deny everything then you know there is fire somewhere emanating from the smoke.

judd
12 years ago

it is wat wenger would do to deny it

anicet
12 years ago

You, Arsenal fans look at Spurs,
They don’t have Arsenal size but they are able to pay easily 15 millions pounds for a player {Defoe} who can not much Arshevin. To be honest what is the problem With Arsene Wenger to pay this money for a massive player like Arshevin. Why Wenger is so stubborn and selfish
and no respect for Arsenal fans.
We all pay our money to support this team. So why Wenger for once can not pay Arshavin.

harrison
harrison
12 years ago

wtf are you on anicet if your so impressed by spurs go support em but i’m telling you you will not see champions league football or attractive football with an amazing prospect to ruile football in a few years. just trust in wenger coz if it weren’t for him we wouldn’t be half the club we are today so just be patient

iJemz
12 years ago

“Nasri, Denilson, Song, Diaby, and to an extent Eboue, do not have speed as a main asset. They rarely go on singular forays into the opposing defense’s final third”

I’m pretty sure Nasri and Diaby do.

BillyGallas
BillyGallas
12 years ago

I think Wenger will be very coy and prepare his answer. He will give nothing away but he wont say we are not interested. The truth is we are. He would be such a good aquisition. Honestly ive known about this guys quality for a while. He has been the Ronaldo of russia the last 3 years and he has so much to prove those who doubt him. People worried about will he adapt and cope physically only need to look at the football he plays every week in -degrees temperatures. And eastern european defenders are known to be big… Read more »

The Brain
12 years ago

Arshavin is top top player. I am holding out till he signs for a club before I write about him.
I don’t know how much the writer has seen Arshavin play but it seems most people are reserving judgement (not necessarily from Gooner Talk) after watching two Euro 2008 games.

Haangeland is too slow for Arsenal’s high line. He’ll get slaughtered no matter how good he is. Mobility is a must in our defence but you don’t get many tall players like that. That’s why Djourou is priceless, he’s like our vidic, ferdinand, carvalho (i.e. mobile and tall defenders).

ayah
ayah
12 years ago

Whoever comes will have to be quick to adapt the pace of premiership. many fans believe that some players who will join our squad in the transfer window will change our incostistencies but it is not going to be that way, to be realistic we are not going to win premiership but we will qualify for champions league.aston villa will be behind us.

Joe
Joe
12 years ago

I didn’t realise Carvalho was tall Brain?

NYGunner
NYGunner
12 years ago

I have been following Arshavin for about 2 years now and the first time I saw him, I told my friends that Arsenal should buy this player while he’s still unknown because he will be a good fit to our squad. Well two years later, with all the Arshavin rumors floating around, my friends think I should be a scout for the gunners (and I whole heartedly agree). But I digress – There is no doubt in my mind Arshavin will do well. He’s never been afraid to take on defenders and his decision making and creativity is excellent as… Read more »

CadeRoberts
12 years ago

The Brain-

To be fair, I have only seen him in European competitions, besides the Euro’s. I have never seen him in the Russian Premier League. That being said, the quality in the champions league and Euro’s is of such that it is a good test of ability.

One thing is for sure- Arshavin is a direct, dribbling attack midfield player. That is what we need. We have enough players who can thread through balls, but no one who can take people on. Arshavin could provide exactly that.

chris
chris
12 years ago

the rosicky situation has already become ridiculous so i dont really count him in atm even though i think hes a great player when fit. that leaves us with only nasri and walcott so i think we definately need arshavin to come in, im really hoping this happens and it could give the whole team a boost, perhaps.

Progman07
Progman07
12 years ago

We need him. We don’t have enough reliable midfielders. Cesc is the only one, Theo/Nasri are able to do good things but both can improve much, and the others are just not worth talking about here.
We are clueless about attacking this year, also clueless about keeping the ball. Arshavin would make us look good again.

arsenal4ever
arsenal4ever
12 years ago
arsenal4ever
arsenal4ever
12 years ago

He is premier league approved would be a not to bad addition

Gooner
Gooner
12 years ago

Arshavin at this moment and time would be a perfect player to take a lot of the pressure off the rest of the team. He will be pining to play at his best. And maybe spur on a rebirth of passion in the squad after all the devastating injuries. Cesc will also be in a position to be at his best upon his return. Next season all the youths such as Denilson, Song, Walcott, Merida etc. will be even MORE experienced. For sure, the future looks very bright! Arshavin and transfers aside. We’ll be a force to be reckoned with… Read more »

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mo s arsenal
mo s arsenal
12 years ago

arshavin will be the real bercamp if hi comes

kurt
12 years ago

fuck arshavin we want to be the future or england ,uk whatever. build for 2 years what is 2 years.fabianski gibbs dejorou norvielt sagna wilshire randall ramsay nasri simpson vela etc sell fabregas bender van persie gallas clichy love him thou.sell most of them pay off the stadium play for 4th 5 th.for 2 years.let the chavs bankrupt themselves,let the morons from manchester go bankrupt.world domination in a few years.fabregas great player but does lose the ball alot,arsenal of old very rarely did viera pires etc.

josh
12 years ago

what did wenger say in his press conference about arshavin? i havnt got tv online

Cesc
Cesc
12 years ago

Wenger said in the tv online interview that he didnt want to focus on names but he clearly indicated that he was pursuing Arshavin. He also said that he is looking for 1 or 2 ‘special talents’ – one of them is arshavin and the other maybe a defensive midfielder. Good news all round. Wenger also said that ‘no news is good news’ indicating that the deal may be moving forward.

biscuit
biscuit
12 years ago

Ok if that what he said then that does sound promising

josh
12 years ago

nice one.

good news then!

Loz
Loz
12 years ago

Kurt you need your head looking at.

Press conference sounds highly promising! I’m hoping we should be able to snap him up for around £12m, whilst getting a new DM for £5-8m.

arsenal4ever
arsenal4ever
12 years ago

would be great!!! Nasri will play Cescs role and Arshavin on the left flank!!! Brillant

Hope the DM is Matuidi he is young but has a lot games experience

BillyGallas
BillyGallas
12 years ago

Kurt go fuck yourself you spud!
go support the yids down the road.
we support Arsenal no matter what the nationality.

Didnt hear the interview but sounds like good news.

fingers crossed.

Loz
Loz
12 years ago

Is anyone with me when I question why Wenger/Arsenal generally never buy any players that are fans of the club, or players whose ‘dream is to play for Arsenal’? Par exemple, N’Zogbia, very good, cheap, it’s his dream, won’t buy him. Witsel – been lots of hype about him as a player, he’s a diehard fan, would jump at the chance to play for the club. Gervinho has also said in the last 6 months that he admires Arsenal greatly and would love to play for them above anyone else. Not to mention the fact that he’s amazing! It’s very… Read more »

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king_dude
king_dude
12 years ago

proof that is exactly what he said?? coz im not convinced wen readin wat the quotes from wat the conference was about!! it says he answers if he is really interested in arshavin and if there is any truth to the subject!! any1 watch the conference n can quote or we gota wait ages till setanta puts quotes on their website

BillyGallas
BillyGallas
12 years ago

Here are those really positive quotes. “I don’t talk too much and deliver on the pitch…we try not to talk too much about who we want to buy and who will come in, but try to deliver. Asked specifically about a deal for Andrei Arshavin, he responded: “At the moment I cannot announce any good news, but in this job no news is good news. “Nothing has fallen through…we are on alert in the transfer market.” Responding to suggestions that he might try and buy a defence-minded player and whether Kolo Toure would be leaving Wenger stated: “With the players… Read more »

Cesc
Cesc
12 years ago

Here is the full transcript on transfers, as accurate as possible. Arsenal TV: The other thing of course in January is the transfer window. There are stories in the papers about Arshavin, what’s the state of play there? Wenger: That’s exactly the same as with the team, don’t talk too much and deliver on the pitch. That is what we try to do, not to talk too much about who we want to buy and who will come in, but try to deliver and at the moment I cannot announce you any good news and in this job as well… Read more »

Samir
12 years ago

Awesome, we’re finally getting some signings I hope!

the king of the world
the king of the world
12 years ago

if anythin happens then i dont think it will be till end of next week or maybe even the week after. we’ve got bolton at home this week n think we’ve got a squad capable of winnin this game and i think wenger thinks that as well hence why he aint rushin on the Arshavin deal.

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