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Arshavin Gone – Did He Fulfil His Potential At Arsenal?

Andrey Arshavin’s move from Arsenal to Zenit doesn’t come as a surprise after a lack lustre 2011/2012 season which has been filled with below par performances.

Sums up Arshavin's season

Andrey Arshavin’s move does not come as a surprise after a lack lustre 2011/2012 season which has been filled with below par performances.

When Andrey joined Arsenal in 2009 there was much excitement which was fuelled further after he scored four goals against Liverpool at Anfield. He also scored the winner against Barcelona in last season’s 2-1 Champions League victory. However, long gone are those days as this season has been void of such occasions.

Arshavin has looked bored and uninterested in many games throughout the season which started the rumour mill about a move back to Russia. Therefore the move to the Russian Premier League Champions will not come as a surprise to fans as it was anticipated.

With stiff competition from young talent Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and winger Gervinho, the 30 year old has found himself on the subs bench more often than not this season. His performances have not shown that he has the spirit or hunger to fight for his place in the team.

It is disappointing to see a player exit on such a low after all the hopes and aspirations the Arsenal Club and fans once had, and there is a feeling he never fulfilled his true potential at the Emirates.

Is the loan move to St Petersburg going to be made permanent in the Summer? Did he fulfil his potential at Arsenal?



  1. Ben

    February 26, 2012 at 12:45 am

    Arshavin is one of few world class players at Arsenal and certainly better than Walcott that Wenger so stubbornly backed despite game after game of mediocre performance. He was mismanaged by Wenger who insisted on playing him out of position. Can you blame his frustration? He would have done a better job than Arteta and definitely Ramsey who is pathetic. Yet these guys play week after week putting in a less than convincing performance, not running at players and only passing the ball sideways or backwards.

    • steve h

      March 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      @Ben are you a spurs fan,or just winding arsenal fans up.if he’s a world class player as you think,as a world class player? he should f@@*^”g well be able to adapt playing in any position!As for Ramsey do you play football at any good level,if you do you should know better.snapping your leg like he did take’s a long time to get over, it’s alway’s in your head about the next challenge.

  2. dermot doherty

    February 26, 2012 at 1:13 am

    He was played out of position all season. he was played in a central role v bolton and look what he done. arsene tries to convert every player tha comes to the club to a different position. arshavins stas in a central role are outstanding

  3. Aussie Jack

    February 26, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Arshavin was never designed to be a winger, blind Freddie will tell you that, yet that`s where Wenger played him. His most costly import played out of position for no apparent reason. Wenger can make players but he can also destroy them. No, he never reached his potential at Arsenal, he was never allowed to.

  4. Femi

    February 26, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Good comments.

  5. Hazar khan

    February 26, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Arshavin is one of the best player in the world and he is better than wallcott and geveneo he need some respect from harmfull RVP and Arse Wenger

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