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The Curious Case of Andrei Arshavin…

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It’s really odd that no one really care about an issue which may just be very crucial to our dear club. Now I don’t blame anybody because the only reason we have kept shut about it is because no harm was done.

It reminded me about that series “Prison Break”, and even AW did comment that it was a ‘getting out of jail” experience for the Gunners…But forget that, yeah you read it right, FORGET what happened against Leeds on Sunday. Lets focus on one “little” segment of the match….

When Andrei Arshavin stepped onto the pitch at the Emirates, we demanded a performance from the Russian. Now thats obvious because the guy is a top quality player, and Leeds is a team which should not really cause a problem for him, no offense!…But as we reached the 80th min mark that afternoon, everything the guy touched became crap. His passes were going hay-wire, he lost possession of the ball constantly, and he never tracked back when he lost the ball. He was a douche, if you want me to put it politely.

Here are his stats of the the game against Leeds:

  • Pass completion % = 81.6 %
  • Forward half pass completion % = 93.9 %
  • 3 tackles successfully won.

Now I know AA23 is no Rooney or Tevez. Why? Don’t ask me, ask him. The best reason I can give you is to ask why Berbatov is so lazy to a United fan. But coming back to the point, this is an issue where we Gooners honestly want him to improve.  We all want to see the guy who charges forward with the ball, takes the occasional shot, and tracks back incase he loses possession.

BUT here is the problem. Arshavin is a guy who is likely to do everything but not to track back. Moreover, he is 29, and shall turn 30 this year. You see there are some players who do have some qualities which are good and bad, for instance Rooney works a lot, but at the same time he may just kill you if you get the ball off him! Ronaldo is a top class player but if you push him, he may just fly out of the stadium. Now these are some aspects of the game which no one likes, but can these players get rid of it..NO! They can’t.

Now I may sound really stupid, but let’s see this logically. Berbatov has been in United for 3 years, and I am sure that in those 3 years he has definitely been criticed for being a ‘Stroller.’ I mean come on there has to be one day in which he opened the Guardian and saw an article about him being lazy, or someone may have told him he is lazy. But have you seen any real change in Berbatov, NO…Don’t belive me, ask an United Fan.

Arshavin is lazy, no one will argue with that, but the guy does track back ‘sometimes’, and he does press. He does work hard sometimes, and one should give him credit for that. You may ask yourself why we should give him credit for something he is supposed to do. But the point is that he never does it. We tend to thank people when they do things which are not expected of them, hence this is the case with Andrei ! It’s not that I am completely for AA23, and I like most Gooners do feel that he should work harder. He misses chances, and against Leeds he was dreadful. But if we don’t back up the guy, he will leave us, and I’m sure nobody in his right mind wants him to do that.

I’m sure you heard a person saying that ‘keep AA23 on’ as he is a guy who can show some moment of brilliance and save our *** ! Now that’s because he has done it in the past. Remember Anfield when we were 2-1 down, and the guy just showed up on the left, and rammed a shot past Reina’s left ! Lets face it, nobody expected that… Even last season at the same place, when he got the ball away from Johnson, and smashed the ball in the net, Reina didn’t move ! As I said, I am not for AA23 always, and even I do feel that he should work ‘harder’ sometimes, but the guy doesn’t always do it. Yeah, when he works hard, he works hard, but to put in that extra effort, you know to run back 30 yards, and press a midfielder is something he does not usually do…SO when he does it, and mind you he does do it ‘sometimes’, lets applaud him. Probably he’ll like it and start doing it more often ! We all know what fans do can really affect a player. Imagine Eboue’s situation with Arshavin all over again…its really sad, that those bastards who booed him are allowed in the stadium again!

Get behind Andrei becasue he needs our support…Don’t be a bitcher and say “oh no why the hell is he comin on.” The guy is a magnificent player or AW would never have paid more than 14 ml to sign him.

Be a Real Goooner, be a guy who shows faith in his players and his team…Don’t be a piece of Horse-****.





  1. steve

    January 12, 2011 at 10:21 am

    I must you should never get on a players back when he is in Arsenal shirt, this guy has got it but has a bad way about him i think he thinks superstars don’t work hard that’s wrong it the old lady from turin wants him €25 mill will get or should & buy Hazard he wants to play for us

    • 5Ruz Sr

      January 14, 2011 at 7:59 am

      sale him

  2. Jimi

    January 12, 2011 at 10:40 am

    The thing is that he is not playing anything like the player that we signed at present. He has built up his star to tremendous brightness but his current form/dedication/results are a glimmer of his potential.
    Passes/flicks are often wayward and shots are less clinically executed and it is so obvious to all fans now. I think everyone can’t quite understand how he has been unable to produce his level of magic for such a long period. I think that Andrei needs to figure this out himself and should stay with the gunners, but Arsenal can’t rely on him to change a game (on his current form). People are sad about it….. when Arshavin received the ball everyone was thinking “is he going to score” but at the moment, its more like “please don’t lose the ball now while everyone is forward”.

    Its upsetting when you rely on someone who’s pushed for so much respect and they let you down.

    Only Andrei can sort it out. I hope he can. Otherwise Wenger may have to for next season. (Queue Eden Hazard)

  3. samuel

    January 12, 2011 at 10:56 am

    75000 pound a week and he can,t get enough goals to vindicate his wages,you got to be joking ?

  4. trugooner

    January 12, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Arshavin is just having a bad spell all players do look at rooney but you cant take it away from the guy he’s quality i feel fans need to give him a break he could just pick up at anytime besides he always seems to have that moment of brilliance in each game no matter how bad he is playing.

  5. keith

    January 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Sale for 17 million and replace with Eden Hazzard

  6. maxp

    January 12, 2011 at 11:38 am

    What language is this blog written in? I never got past the first two paragraphs, as I couldn’t make sense of it.

    • DKD

      January 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm

      its odd that 4 guys out of a possible 100(+..) reading this article say that they cannot understand it..are you guys high or simply illiterate !

      • Hopper

        January 12, 2011 at 8:38 pm

        Have to agree with maxp, the quality of writing is pitiful. It was so bad I stopped reading after about five sentences!

  7. WengersGuideDog

    January 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

    maxp – agree. very poorly written. so poorly written in fact, that it sounds like the author expects us to swallow the poor performances of AA and just hope he gets better. Igor Stepanovs anyone?

  8. Steve

    January 12, 2011 at 11:52 am

    I totally agree with maxp. Load of c r a p.

  9. Jenik

    January 12, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Absolutely spot on… Those stats are from a player who is constantly booed, criticized and castigated for every small mistake. I am not being a dreamer but I’d like to point out that those stats could drastically improve if the crowd got behind him. Crowd support has a dual effect – on the said player and on his team mates. Support Andrei and get the smile on, I am sure, we’ll see the assassin soon!

  10. rajan

    January 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    all u anti arsenal fellas just shut up n let arshavin play the way he wants to..ur expert opinion doesnt one’s gonna listen ur bullshit that u giv on every blog bout arshavin,walcott,wenger or anyone…
    @editor: nice mate..atleast someone’s got a positive vibe…cheerz!!

  11. antoh

    January 12, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    i hope you also pay your employees and watch them lazy around and hope they can show some moment of brilliance and finish a chore.

  12. dirty turkey

    January 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Isn’t it obvious from recent Wenger comments that AA23 is going in the summer and Eden is coming in? Write a blog when you have something new to tell us…

  13. Goonerjim

    January 12, 2011 at 12:45 pm

    You sir have the writing stylistics of a 9 year old child.

    Shift + f7 is your friend

  14. Bam Bam Mickey

    January 12, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    What ever happened to support your club no matter what?
    Now it’s support the player no matter how lazy or disruptive he might be to a team and it’s chances of being successfull.
    AA23 great player @ times, but that was in the past.

  15. IncredibleG

    January 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    It’s obscene that you have to write articles like this to convince our “fans” to support our players when they are low in confidence. Out of form players (the good ones, that is) should be supported until they return, if we start to jump on them it will make it take longer. It’s incredible how infantile our fans can be! “I don’t like this player because he doesn’t play the way I want him to.”
    The fact is Andrei Arshavin was the same in 09 and he was the same at Zennit and Wenger brought him in for what he actually brings to a team(intelligence, control, CONSTANT THREAT), not what you want him to bring. And before you start disagreeing with me, actually check for yourself. He has been called “a bit lazy” for a long time and essentially it is part of his style of play. If you don’t understand how that can be possible, consider how defenders assess the danger posed by an attacker.
    The most ridiculous argument I hear quite regularly is “I don’t care about the stats, he doesn’t work hard enough.” This is without a doubt the least intelligent comment I can think of when talking about a attacking player. Goals and assists are the purpose of a forward, the rest are fringe benefits. If he goes for 85 minutes being a bit pants but in the other 5 minutes he provides a goal and an assist(Wigan) the record shows that he has done his job and that is what counts at the end of the season.
    Everyone knows he has been in a slump for a while, yet at the time when he was moved to the second string, he had more assists than anyone else! So even out of form he provides goals for our team! Why are we beating him up for it?
    I’m not claiming we should blindly stick with players who are underperforming, but when they are as potent as Andrei Arshavin, the more support we provide, the quicker he can find his shooting boots, the better for Arsenal FC. Even out of form we are a better team with Arshavin in our squad.

  16. Arsenal4

    January 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Thanks for the article. I was thinking about AA and saw a store with his Big poster. I think many Gooners have taken AA for granted despite his contributions to the team. He’s been very loyal so far. Everybody got a bad spell including Cesc n RVP, but AA has gotten the most stick. He’s one of the big reason we are now in UCL as last year when cesc, rvp n bendtner were all out, AA carries the team. We need to get behind him instead being, i agree with the word, horseshit.

    • WengersGuideDog

      January 13, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      i can only assume that this sarcasm? AA carried the squad last season! lol, good one

  17. tiarnan

    January 12, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    listen u piece of c*nting stalinesque sh*t, if i want to get on someones back for being a lazy c*nt i will – wtf are u gona do about it u 2 foot f*ck?

  18. tounsi

    January 13, 2011 at 1:50 am

    we signed this little russian 2 years a go ,beside scoring 4 goals against liverpool and a nice one against blackburn what did he do else? either than beeing so f*cking lazy,he cant even keep the possission for more than a second,he cant pass 2 deffenders .he cant shoot,he cant score on an open box and we saw that many any one remember how he missed two golden opportinuties against hull city and Porto last year at an empty box?.i dont see any future on him ,i dont relay on him and to me arsenal club its away big for him.we should accept the juventus bid for him ,it was 17millions euro .its a lot money to cash a lazy,slappy,big mouth arshavine.i will let him go for just 17 euro and a ticket one way to russia ,wenger dropped him from the first eleven and he should play him with the reserves.

  19. 5Ruz Sr

    January 14, 2011 at 7:56 am

    i like to give chance for CV11 play for AA23

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