Andrey Arshavin was waiving his finger at referee Lee Mason when he went down in Portsmouth’s penalty area after a challenge by Davies.
This was not to demand a penalty but to indicate that it wasn’t!
Like, if you are old enough to remember, a similar gesture by Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler at Highbury a long time ago when he was brought down by Seaman…
Arshavin was right, as TV replays showed that Davies had touched the ball but, as in that game against Liverpool, the penalty was given.
Andrey has been quoted as saying that he thought Arsenal’s first shout for a penalty (when Vela was brought down in the area) was cast iron rather than the second but it was after all was the decision of the referee:
“For the first claim the penalty kick was indisputable. The second? It was at the discretion of the referee” Andrey said diplomatically.
He also revealed why he did not take the penalty and it wasn’t because he was the one that was brought down in the process of winning it. He was simply not the nominated penalty taker for the day.
“Before the game the first penalty taker was nominated. Bendtner was first on the list” he said.
Andrey also noticed that Portmouth lacked motivation and were also missing several players but his man of the match for Arsenal was…. Denilson.
“Denilson, who played central midfield, in my opinion, was master of all the players. He selected and made all the passes to those around him”.
Andrey showing that he is also a cultured lad bothered to find out about the town of Portsmouth:
"The history of the city is really interesting. Today I learned that King Richard the Lionheart paid particular attention to this town. I was also told that at a place near Portsmouth Charles Dickens was born ....
I noted when traveling on the team bus a very beautiful coastline with a lot of yachts".