Sunday, July 19, 2009
Arshavin surprised with the gradient but connects with Rosicky
Andrey Arshavin has been speaking about the first pre season game at Barnet’s underhill ground and indeed he was very surprised, not about the state of the pitch but by its gradient.
“It was a bit of an unconventional pitch. I'm not talking about the surface, it was great, but the pitch is made in such a way that in the first half we had go uphill. The gradient was around 10 degrees or even more”
This didn’t stop him of course from scoring Arsenal’s first goal just before half time from an accurate cross from the impressive Watt. The end result was not that important he said.
“Today was a normal pre-season game. We've been working for 2 weeks already so we're really raring to go. A draw? I think the result was not so important for us, unlike our opponents, who really wanted to prove themselves”
Andrey was also impressed with the support from the Arsenal fans.
“I was pretty surprised to see hardly any home fans. The stadium was filled with Arsenal supporters"
Judging from the way he was connecting with Tomas Rosicky during the first half it looks like the two have the potential to form a really good partnership in the coming season.
“I asked him how long he's been away; Tomas missed a year and a half. Today he made his return and we had a first half together, trying to make new connections”
The two players will have a chance to play more together next week when the Arsenal team continue pre-season in Austria on Monday.