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Man of the Match: Andrey Arshavin

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Yes, you would think I am nuts. Clearly the man is suffering from a loss of form in front of goal. Together with his strike partner yesterday, Bendtner, they very nearly cost us the game with some very poor finishing. Both of them were guilty of squandering chances after chances in a match which we should have won easily. In the end, it took the intervention of the skipper yet again to come in and safe a FA Cup tie for Arsenal.

However, I saw a much different Arshavin compared to his woeful displays this season. No doubt he missed opportunities, but he was much more energetic and creative. His running and dribbling looked much sharper yesterday. But his most worthy contribution yesteday and deserving earning him the man of the match yesterday was when he made a last minute intervention to stop the Huddersfield striker from scoring. Had he not tracked back and made the last ditched tackle, Hunt would have scored and we would be trailing 2-1. Seriously this is the first time I have seen Arshavin so deep in our own penalty box and making the defensive save. Looking at this performance yesterday, I am optimistic that we will soon get back the real Arshavin and not the pathetic looking imposter that we have had to endure all these while. Really, with the big blow of losing Samir Nasri for at least 3 weeks, we need the Russian to go back to his best and carry the team as he did when he first joined two years ago.

Although it was much harder than expected, we made it through to the next round and will be facing another League One side in Leyton Orient. I expect more the same from the Gunners: making hard work for themselves but prevailing in the end. However, what’s important now is to concentrate on the Premiership with the home game against Everton come up tomorrow.

Submitted by The Arsenal Kid



  1. dodo

    January 31, 2011 at 11:01 am

    did your dog tell you he was man of the match or did you watch the game?

    • Mr M.

      January 31, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Is your dog watching the game or was you watching the game? Arshavin put on a good performance last night and many would say he deserve it.


      February 1, 2011 at 5:02 am

      @ dodo… another madafaka…

  2. Sethorunzi

    January 31, 2011 at 11:17 am

    That block was top notch, at first i tot it was nother player but behold it was Arshavin. that sliding intervention saved the game for us before the penalty… with Nasir out -Arshavin, here we go!

  3. jago

    January 31, 2011 at 11:20 am

    He is a player that every week I hope returns to the form we all know he has. He came to us as a world class footballer and lets hope he can recapture this form and SOON

  4. Gooner92

    January 31, 2011 at 11:25 am

    I thought arshavin had a much better game and that tackle he made to prevent that goal was incredable and it shows he wants to be here at arsenal and wants to help and play well. He cares. I think he will soon be at his best and it will be like a new signing. Bring on everton!

  5. martie

    January 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Arshavin man of the match, yeah he got a vital block in, but we didnt sign him as a fucking defender, we paid £17 million for a seasoned International so called fucking explosive player. While denilson maybe playing shit, he is only 21 or 22, and was not bought for the price tag of 317 million fucking pounds. This guy was meant to help us progress to the enxt level, a guy of his so called ability, wages,price tag, and all his self deluded ramblings about going to barcelona, you would think would have way more about him. Bloody hell a league 2 side made him look like he wasnt even on the pitch. Arshavin is a fucking disgrace, he needs to show what he can do or he can just fuck right of, we have alot of these so called players that think they are btter than they are. Diaby,arshavin,rosicky,squilacci,denilson,bendtnar can all fuck right of, escpecially Arshavin. he is a disgrace to the shirt, agaisnt lower league opposition 3 times now, he has looked a bloody disgrace.

    • hughie

      January 31, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      go away dick!back to tottenham. every team struggled in the fa cup united and chelsea as well in fact your team lost 4 nil.


      February 1, 2011 at 5:05 am

      i think martie’s dick… too small too see..

  6. Mark

    January 31, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    time for him to step up in nasri’s absence.

  7. lol

    January 31, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Yes, he deserve the motm..those that feels he suck shud just go get laid =)

  8. Petrus

    January 31, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    @martie come on!!! So easy to criticize, but I’m afraid u must be deluded to say that Rosicky and Arshavin are not quality players. Form is temporary but CLASS is permanent. Arguably one of the clubs greats in Thiery Henry wasn’t all blistering from the word go and even Drogba turned from being the clown who would miss an empty net to one of the best strikers in the world. So dude put a clamp on ur frustration and show restraint or go support Man city OR Spurs.

    • ayor

      February 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm

      Lovly, u put him where he deseves. sumone should moderate the kind of speech

  9. A2Bell

    January 31, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Man of the match??? i don’t think so! that belongs to Fabregas. He changed the game as soon as he came on.They say a tree cannot make a forest, Fabregas is the Amazon jungle. Ashavin is a has-been. He is finished! He does not belong at Arsenal and PLEASE stop thinking he can fit into Nasri’s role. I would rather have Roscisky in there than Ashavin. The guy is fucking fucked up!!

  10. martie

    January 31, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    key word, went from not starting to went to worldclass, arshavin was useless last season, and this season he has gone even shitter, are you so fucking deludied and blind you cannot see that? We paid $17 million for him, not £5 million, not £2 million, his body language is a fucking disgrace with the wages he is on, so dont start talkign to me about class and shit like that. Arshavin has had 3 seasons to show what he can do, and what excatly has he done this season? besides fall on his backside and give the ball away, agasint league 1 and 2 opposition?. This is whats wrong at the club, we have all yuo fuucking deluded , rose titnted fuucking shites that are yes men, and have probably never even been to a fuucking home gome let along a fuckign away game u cunts, I was going to Arsenal in the 80’s, and 90’s while you wer ein ur fuccking pamper nappies, u little rat, dont start tlaking to me about go supporting spurs, and clamping my mounth, because if I ever saw you outside Arsenal tube station or drayton park station, id break your fuckign skull you wanker.

  11. leecrossland

    January 31, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I agree with Petrus…Andrey is having a ‘bad spell’ and if anything is trying too hard. Once the psychological block falls, Arshavin will return, to coin my fellow poster “Form is temporary, class is permanent”

  12. sanchit

    February 1, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Rosicky and Arshavin share the honours for me.
    Arshavin looked like he was regaining his confidence, he was making good runs, and providing passes. Yes, he is still a little off the pace, but i think he is coming back. In Nasri’s absence, the time has come for him to show us that same Andrey who scored 4 goals at Anfield.
    Rosicky played like a true leader and experienced Gunner. He wasn’t flashy, but he actually anchored the field in a no nonsense manner. He was strong, decisive, and sharp.
    With such improvements, I think this is truly going to be a special season.

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