Wednesday, May 14, 2008
No wonder Wenger is interested in Arshavin
By 1970’s Gooner
Andrei Arshavin is a typical Wenger player. He is very very quick, athletic and most of all possesses high technique and ball skills.
Watching him tonight in the UEFA Cup Final for Russian side Zenit St Petersburg against a very British style Rangers reminded me of Alexander Hleb without the timidness in front of goal but with a more direct style.
He is the type of player who hugs the touchline and tonight his pace, devilry and work rate was almost unplayable. More over he showed that he plays with his brain.
His through passes, bisecting the opposing defence and playing his on coming forward through, were exquisite and reminscent of Wenger's style of football.
He ended tonight’s game with both the assists for Zenit’s goals. The first a defence splitting pass through the middle which put Denisov on his own against Alexander in the Rangers goal.
The other assist came from what he has been doing all night. Going passed his defender on the wing and cutting back for another of his colleague to tap in.
No wonder Arsene Wenger is reported to have been interested to bring him to the Emirates in the last summer transfer window.
His agent Pavel Andreev then said : “"We have three offers for Arshavin. All three are from strong European teams. We are currently considering the pros and cons of each and carrying out consultations. Andrei wants to leave and is interested in playing abroad".
The three teams in question are believed to be Arsenal, Tottenham and French Ligue 1 side Marseille.
Arshavin himself said: "Regarding my future, I have already said I'd like to try one of Europe's top leagues, among which the Spanish and English leagues interest me most."
In the 2007 Russian Premier League season Arshavin guided his side to the title, starting all 30 matches - scoring 10 goals and providing 11 assists along the way.
It was the club's first league title since claiming the now defunct Soviet Top League in 1984 and Arshavin was voted as the Russian player of the year.
Andrei is 26 years old and is captain of Russia. He has scored 10 goals for his country in 33 appearances.
If he can do that for Arsenal from a wide midfield position he will be a far more effective player than Alexander Hleb!