Sunday, March 15, 2009
Arshavin’s excellent performance down to his wife and Arsenal’s doctor
Andrey Arshavin was very complimentary of the Arsenal doctor who had inserted four stitches into a foot injury at half time. That’s why he came out late for the start of the second half.
But it didn’t stop him from putting in a wonderful performance scoring Arsenal’s second goal and having a significant influence in the first and the third.
Apparently the doctor asked him if he wanted to be substituted at half time but he would have none of it.
“I had my right foot stitched up. Ooijer ripped my boot and my skin underneath in the 10th minute. The doctor had to help me out during the break.
“I run towards him after the second goal. I thanked him for a great job”.
Speaking on his web site he considered Arsenal’s first goal as the most important one as it helped open up Blackburn and allowed Arsenal to play their football.
“having conceded a quick goal, our opponents had to change their game and play more open football, they had to go forward.
Their attacks were quite simple: they went for long balls to their strong attacking players.
Following that, Blackburn started playing more open football. And we were exploiting that, organising quick counter-attacks, through which we managed to get the result and enjoy our game”.
But Andrey had also pinpointed another reason for his great performance against Blackburn.
His wife Yulia and her sister Xenia were in the Emirates to watch him for the first time since his move to Arsenal.
“I was very happy that they were in the stadium. It was their first visit and I'm glad that it brought me luck”.
Maybe Yulia and Arshavin’s family should attend every Arsenal game!