By 1970’s Gooner
We have here at “Arsenal Analysis” been singing Arshavin’s praises for a long time now as regular readers would know.
We thought that he would make a perfect signing for Arsenal as his technique and skills were very “Wengerish”.
We were so pleased that Andrey finally signed we mastered enough courage to ask him straight out for an exclusive interview for the site.
To our great surprise and delight he replied the next day!
Andrey has not been active in a match situation for a few months now since the Russian winter season began. He did not get to play in any of Zenit’s tour matches at the United Arab Emirates as the transfer saga to Arsenal was dragging on.
So it was no surprise to us that when we asked him how fit he was and how soon he expected to play for Arsenal his answer was that “I hope I’ll get fit in the shortest possible time”
This to our estimation rules him out of the North London derby even if the work permit is granted in time. We don’t think that Wenger will risk a £16.9m investment by playing an unfit player in such a difficult game.
When asked as to the position he expected to fill in the team he said that he is willing to play in any position that Arsene Wenger asks him to.
“The coach will decide which position I’ll play. The most important thing for me now is to be useful to the team in any position” he replied.
On a personal level he revealed that he likes designing women’s cloths more than men’s (he has a design degree) but that he doesn’t have enough time to do any designing. He has not designed any clothes for his wife and kids!
His two kids are at a very young age so he doesn’t have to make a decision as to which school (English or Russian) they will go yet. At the moment they will be living in a hotel in London until they buy a house.
And on the Arsenal he said that there were several Arsenal players he admires (although he didn’t name them) and that he was happy to be a Gunner.
“I’m glad that I joined this great club! When I was in London I found out a lot of interesting facts about Arsenal history and I’m happy to be a Gunner. All my life I played for just one club – Zenit, it was my first club, and my second one is Arsenal where I’ll continue playing”.
We publish below a copy paste of Andrey’s answers as he e mailed them to us. The questions related to the answers can be easily guessed.
The article he thanks us for in his e mail is a recent post we published titled “This is what Wenger saw in Arshavin”.
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Sent: Friday, February 06, 2009 12:31:06 PM
Thank you for your article.
Here are my answers to your questions:
1. I haven’t found a house yet. I’ll live in a hotel for some time.
2. I guess it’s rather early to think about the schools. My kids are too small.
3. I don’t spend a lot of time dress designing; it’s more of a hobby.
Dress designing takes a lot of time and in most cases I just don’t have it. I prefer women’s designs. I haven’t designed anything for my wife and kids.
4. I hope I’ll get fit in the shortest possible time.
5. There are several Arsenal players I admire.
6. I’m glad that I joined this great club! When I was in London I found out a lot of interesting facts about Arsenal history and I’m happy to be a Gunner. All my life I played for just one club – Zenit, it was my first club, and my second one is Arsenal where I’ll continue playing.
7. The coach will decide which position I’ll play. The most important
thing for me now is to be useful to the team on any position.