Andrei Arshavin is just what we need

Posted: February 25, 2009 by thevanster in Uncategorized

I know everyone is chuffed with the signing of Andrei Arshavin. I am too and his debut was mega promising. But really, I think everyone has come to the opinion that he wasn’t really what the squad needed positionally but is still a bloody brilliant signing. But after the Roma game, I’d beg to differ.

Yes, he’s not the answer to all our solutions, especially the defensive midfield part, but his signing is one big problem solved. I didn’t really see is and didn’t see the point of the signing at the start, so have to commend Wenger for spotting it.

First of all, his versatility is key. With Cesc injured, Samir can now play in the center to give us that extra bit of creativity and penetration. This leaves Vela to play on the left and we’re looking at an impressive force creatively. That is a midfield that will add the pace to our game that we need.

You also have to look at the other benefits of signing him. Politically, it was a clever move by Arsene. The faith is back in the squad as we have proved we can attract quality names. It has given Arsene that bit more of time that he needs to get the squad sorted, provided we reach 4th place. And it’s good for the squad morally as well as the fact that he adds more experience to the squad.

We now also have someone to take the creative burden off Cesc. One of the main reasons we crashed last season was because Cesc burned, but with Andrei we now have someone to take the mantle and make a difference. You could argue that we have that in Samir but his game is still incomplete. He’ll get there though and very quickly.

Andrei offered us that penetration that we needed this season. That bit of quality. How many times have we groaned at Eboue losing the ball and Alex Song misplacing passes. Then you just remember that pin point cross to Bendtner and it all goes away. He is efficient.

Then there is the quality in depth options. Our midfield next season looks mouth watering. Rosicky, Cesc, Theo, Samir, Carlitos and Andrei all to take up the attacking mantle next season.

But most importantly, did you notice how much better we looked against Roma? Because we scored early, because they took the game to us and that opened up the space that this sideways passing bunch need. But it was the same story last season, how did we succeed then? It was because of Hleb. Whatever your grievances with him, he did one part of his job brilliantly. Creating space for himself and others. Andrei offers that to us as well but with more quality and directness. He can create the space that our other players can take advantage and doing so break down the teams that come to the Emirates and park the team bus and charter plan in front of the goal.

In doing so, his presence was just as vital as the needed DM. If you don’t score goals in football, you won’t win.

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  1. otariq says:


    Arsenal does not have unlimited funds. Why you think it too so long to sign Ashvin? Times are hard, Man U. is over spending and Chelsea has deep pockets, but we are basically living within our resources.

  2. Tossers says:

    “the club at the moment don’t deserve it’s current supporters”

    Hahahahahaha. First sentence is incomprehensible by the way. God bless the internet for giving profound folk like yourself a platform.

  3. thevanster says:

    Tossers – And god bless it for giving people like you the ability to safely make unfounded comments behind the safety of their computer screens 🙂

  4. Terry says:

    Next time you have an injury at work we’ll sell you on. fucking twat..

  5. Christy says:

    what a fucking idiot that lad is. Spend spend spend.

    Well how about you cough up yur millions and buy some players ya fool! Wenger came to this club with a project and he is very close to finishing it. and fake supporters like you will then love him again.

  6. Tossers says:

    “Tossers – And god bless it for giving people like you the ability to safely make unfounded comments behind the safety of their computer screens”

    What’s unfounded about pointing out an incomprehensible opening and laughing at a hypocritical and self-righteous statement?

  7. Gunner #1 says:

    Listen, no matter what is said and done, you say people tell you to fuck off because they don’t agree with your view. That is their view, I’m telling you now fuck off, that doesn’t mean I’m not saying your not an Arsenal fan, I’m just saying I don’t agree with you saying spend all you like to buy success, I bet your one of those people that said 3/4 years ago “Chelsea bought the league” yeah they did, and to be honest I’m not about to just accept our team doing the same… and thank fuck Wenger sees it the same way.

  8. Danny says:

    You’ve got it all wrong my friend, by all means keep supporting the club, we need the money. Might as well have something off the mindless morons!

  9. Gunner #1 says:

    And by the way, the answer to your heading is “The REAL disgraceful fans are the ones that boo us” When they boo-ed Eboue, boo-ed Bendtner, boo the whole team when we draw. Those cunts make my blood boil, supporters do just, even when we’re frustrated by a shit team.. 11 men behind the ball does that to the best teams, all the time, all around the world.. fucking spoilt cunts. Now that’s my view. An opinion…

  10. Gunnersmith says:

    Wha’t da fuck are you muttering buy buy buy i can’t imagine a true fan saying this you’re probably one of the Chavsky supporters!

  11. Anders Limpar says:

    Moron. We have the worst fans in the country, it’s depressing. Maybe if you’d supported Arsenal before ’97 you’d know what an amazing job Wenger’s done and why he deserves the chance to turn it round.

  12. Adam says:

    Anders Limpar, you have made the very point I was ready to make… How good has this guy had it, ‘supporting’ Arsenal over the past 12 years. There are VERY, VERY few clubs in the world with supporters as lucky as we have been during that period. There is so much to thank Wenger for, yet he is being hanged for spoiling such short sighted folk as the author of this blog. The same author that if he doesn’t wander down the road to support Chelsea will in ten years be boasting about how loyal a supporter he has been. And in Wenger’s hands and with the present team the next few years will be wonderful.

    Air your views mate. No-one here is stopping you but I think the above comments (and this one) should give you a feel for what your views are worth…

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