Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Arshavin describes how he scored his goals and reveals which he considers the best
As soon as the game against Liverpool finished we set up a poll on this site for readers to vote as to which of Arshavin’s four goals they considered the best. So far the poll is revealing that the second goal is way ahead of the others.
Well, Andrey Arshavin by pure coincidence has revealed which he considers as his best and it may surprise a few.
He has been speaking about the epic encounter against Liverpool and his fantastic four goals.
He said that prior to the game Arsene Wenger told them to consider their defeat to Chelsea in the semi final of the FA Cup as history and that they needed to concentrate on their remaining games.
“We were not in the best mood, having been knocked out of the FA Cup. Arsene told us that the game was history and that we now must concentrate on our remaining Premier League and Champions' League games.
We are playing a few teams who are fighting for the Champions' League spots and those games might allow us to get higher in the table”.
As for the game itself he considered that Liverpool had the initiative in the opening stages and aided by their home support created a lot of chances but his first goal came against the run of play.
“Liverpool were pressing throughout the half but ended up a goal down. All I had to do is put my foot in the right place and direct the ball goal wards”.
Of all the goals he considers the first one as his best: “The first one (was the best), it got everything going” he said implying that it came after an exchange of passes.
As for his second goal he revealed that he initially thought about passing instead of shooting!
“The defender did not expect me to burst from behind him. Carragher had not anticipated this as well - he tried to get into position to start the (Liverpool's)attack and as a result Cesc and myself were left against a single defender.
I was planning to pass the ball to Fabregas initially, but having noticed that the defender was closing the space down, I decided to hit the ball, I managed to strike it quite well, the ball flew past the post and the score became 2-2”.
The third was a gift for him inside the area: “All I had to do was hit the target” he said.
For his fourth he did not even look at the goalkeeper.
“I saw Theo pick up the ball and realised that I needed to dart forward. I'm happy he passed the ball to me. I didn't even look at the goalkeeper, I was just thinking about hitting the target.
Unfortunately even four goals proved to be not enough for us, it was a blow to concede so late in the game”
Andrey however did not manage to take home the two prizes that a player usually wins when he scores four goals!
The bottle of champagne which he won as man of the match was taken to Arsenal’s training ground (probably for his team mates to share it with him) and he was told he will have to wait for the match ball to be delivered the next day!