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Arsenal Opinion : Do you seriously want Arshavin to go…. because I don’t.

There have been many suggestions, rumors, gossip and such, surrounding the future of Andriy Arshavin and whether or nor he’s going to be a Gunner next year. Arshavin hasn’t had the best of years, especially after Russia failed to qualify to the World Cup in their shock defeat to Slovakia a few years back and in which Arshavin fully blamed himself in that defeat. Arshavin has looked disinterested in times, especially in the first half of the season, but he has in put in some really good displays lately and is beginning to look like the Arshavin of old.

Arshavin, when at his best, is a world class player and a match-winner. Arshavin made a huge impact, when the Gunners were struggling to secure top-four status a few years back and he was one of the main reasons why Arsenal remained in the top four with some very impressive displays, especially against Liverpool. The stats this season concerning Arshavin show that he has scored 6 goals and collected 11 assists in 33 appearances. This is quite impressive, in my opinion, for someone not at his best. Arshavin, at his best or not, still produces the goods and makes an impact. Arshavin is a very valuable player to the Gunners, he is a top quality player and I believe that, especially his last performances that he should and deserves to stay a Gunner.

Arshavin is a keeper, and at 29, he still has a few good years left in him. His experience and his quality stand out, he is a top player. Even when he’s not his best, he still makes an impact and tries to give it his all. Look at the way the Gunners play when he comes off the bench, he gives the opponent something to think about, with his skills and pace (remember his goals against Everton and Barcelona). I disagree with people saying that he’s useless and should leave, Arshavin is top-class and I believe that he deserves to stay, we need him. Form is temporary, class is permanent, and I believe that Arshavin will be back to his very best, very soon.

What do you think fellow Gooners? Is Arshavin a keeper or not? Does he deserve to stay as a Gunner? Do you think it’s unfair that he’s being placed on the bench?

Cheers and take care,

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  1. GoonerGaz

    April 29, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Cash in on him, I can’t stand to watch lazy players like him. On his day he is class, but it doesn’t happen often enough. He isn’t ever going to be a fighter and we need those kind of players all over the pitch. 6 Goals isn’t exactly amazing.

    • Omar

      April 29, 2011 at 10:28 pm

      Hello GoonerGaz,

      He may have been lazy at the start of the season, but lately, he has been playing a lot better and has been one of our few inform players. He still got what it takes, remember form is temporary, class is permanent.


      Twitter: @OAlmasri

  2. brenthedon11

    April 29, 2011 at 2:16 pm

    i agree but we need to get the best from him. he is not as direct as he was and thats the player we need, he should be more greedy and shoot more(but that can be levelled at all of our players). u dont sell ur best players if you want to be a top team

  3. antarchile

    April 29, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Get some money for him..Bye Bye Arshavin , enjoy life in St. Petersburg.
    Bye Bye Eboue , Almunia,Chamack (or Bendtner)…Welcome Hulk , Cahill.

    • Omar

      April 29, 2011 at 10:33 pm

      Hello antarchile,

      Thanks for commenting, I agree with you on Almunia and probably Bendtner, but not Chamakh or Arshavin. Chamakh is one of the reasons why we still had a title shot and has done a decent job in my opinion this season.

      Arshavin is still class, despite his disappointing run of form in the first half of the season.


      Twitter: @OAlmasri

  4. sleepinggiant

    April 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    All Arshavins detractors should think carefully. yes he has been disappointing, but that is only because of how good we know he can be. What is the point in clamouring to get rid of someone who has ability (even if he doesnt show it often enough) ahead of some of the real dross in the squad. Specifically

    (FAbianski, Diaby, Bendtner and Chamakh are a step above this lot of garbage, but are also not as useful as Arshavin)

    By all means if Arshavin doesnt buck up we should consider his future, but no Arsenal fan should consider this a priority. Im sure even his detractors would admit he is on a completely different level than any of these. Please lets not get confused – get rid of the deadwood first. Arshavin, for all his flaws (and he is an infuriating so and so), does not come close to comparing with some of the dross at the club.

    • GoonerGaz

      April 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm

      He is not a priority to be first out of the door, but if by keeping him in the squad hinders our financial ability to buy a better player then I don’t want to keep him. I also can’t see Arshavin accepting a one year contract extension, he’ll probably want a longer 4 year deal back at Zenith.

      The same can be said about Gael Clichy, I originally thought keeping these players in the squad would be a great way forward (having clichy mentor gibbs), but keeping them probably hinders our chances of replacing them also with big names purely down to money.

  5. shane

    April 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    when he arrived he was in top form because he played how he knew, as time passed he now plays “Arsneal’s way” pass, pass, pass, it is not him to blame but the traning reginme that encourages our players to look for the pass rather tha n the shot. This is NOT an anti wenger rant, just a fact

  6. madiora

    April 29, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    we should cash in on him and so should we the following: clichy, squillaci eboue, denilson, diaby, rosicky, bendtner, chamakh, vela

  7. Zack

    April 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Arshavin has been the top assist player for Arsenal. He is the main player who has created chances and decisive passes to his teammates. The crticism that most of the Arsenal players have been subjected to has undoubtedly contributed to their lack of confidence and dip in form. I do feel that we should stand behind our team and support the players rather than being destructive and detrimental after a performance…..

  8. elvi

    April 29, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    start from 1.almunia, 2.squillaci, 3.daiby, 4.denilson,5.eboue, 6.bendtner, 7.rosicky, 8.VELA at last 9.arshavin…..
    we need 5new players this summer.
    1. GK…………TIM WIESE 10M

  9. Delford Magaya

    April 29, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    Those who know football knows very well that losing a player like arshvin is not a wise move even the manager will think twice before decide to sell him. We need players with experience, look at Gigs he is still playing well. Arshvin is an asset to Arsenal.

  10. Rash

    April 29, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    I want Arshavin to stay and Wenger please play him on his preferred position, not @ wing!

    Just imagine how many more goals he could have scored or assist playing behind a main striker? We could even win a few games that we drew. He is lethal there, not @ wing and defending.

    Arshavin is all about direct and clever attacking. I know he have to do some defensive work but 90% should just be attack!

    Come on guys, his stats back him as well. Show us the real Arshavin please Wenger!!

  11. noname??

    April 29, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    most of our players are fragile, they tend to injured even they are not played… arshavin is not… think of that…

  12. gunnerman

    April 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Sell him, he will never get bak 2 his best, he’s put on weight and he’s too old.
    sell him, bednter almunia, chamak squillaci, denilson, diaby and buy hazard, hulk, cahill and inler

  13. Admas

    April 29, 2011 at 8:59 pm

    I like Arshavin to stay b/c even he is not in his best in this year we look him when he changes the position after he replaced. He is a good experianced player.

    • Omar

      April 29, 2011 at 10:25 pm

      I agree with you mate… well said.


      Twitter: @OAlmasri

  14. Omar

    April 29, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Thanks for commenting fellow Gooners…. it’s looks we’re divided on this one. I understand that if Wenger offers him just a one year extension (which I think is a mistake…. he should be offering more) then Arshavin will likely leave. I believe Arshavin deserves to play for a few more years, he still has what it takes.

    Let’s hope that the Gunners defeat Man U on Sunday.

    Thanks everyone for replying.

    Take Care everyone and have a good night,

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  15. Pure

    April 30, 2011 at 12:39 am

    Nasri has 1 assist in the league… Arshavin 11. No more needs to said.

    • Omar

      May 1, 2011 at 1:18 am

      Agreed…. good point.

      Cheers and take care,


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