Thursday, February 9, 2023

Arshavin: Arsenal was a necessary move

Andrey Arshavin has described his move to Arsenal as a necessary step forward in his career despite the inconvenience of sacrificing his life in Russia for a new culture and lifestyle in England.

The Russian international, who joined the Gunners in the 2008 January transfer window, has been a cult hero at the Emirates ever since he muttered his memorable, “I am Gooner” message to the fans, although he also admits that he needs improve his performances.

Speaking to the Arsenal Player, the 29-year-old, who is in the last year of his contract in North London, spoke about the difficulties posed by quitting Zenit Saint Petersburg for the Gunners.

“It took a long time to make this transfer and some people had concerns about me moving. It was tough because I changed language, culture, my general life. I took children with me and my wife…everything was different, completely different. But I still think it was a necessary move for me.”

While most fans agree that his four goal performance against Liverpool at Anfield still represents the high point of his time in England, the Russian stresses that he’ll only reflect on the occasion in fifty years time, if the club release a book.

Perhaps he’s right not to look back. Given his somewhat tepid performances in the last eighteen months, the diminutive attacker has instead opted to look at how he can get back to his best, promising:

“They should expect more from me, of course. They should expect some more tricks, goals and unbelievable passes.  To be honest I am still expecting more from me as well. But believe me, I do everything I can do.

“I just have to give everything I can at the moment, just on the pitch. I want to score more goals and bring my team to the title.”

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I hope the children he brought with him to England were his own..


ha ha ha ha ha ha… 😀 :D, what… ha ha….do you mean by that?? 😀 😀


Did you hear about the story how a Russian maternity ward mixed up babies so the parents got a child that wasn’t theirs?



Lololol. *laughing and rolling on my tommy*
Of course, they have got to be his. Lololol


I like him, I like him, oh I like arsenal’s little Russian gun!
Sometimes though, the gun refuses to shoot when the thieves break in.
Needs some good ol’ oiling!


I cannot take anything of this seriously because my Brain is reading this in Arsecast’s Arshavin voice.


How is your Brian doing?


He’s mercurial alright, but perhaps he should change his shirt number to 38., being that -38c is the freezing point of mercury. Hope springs eternal, I for one want him to do well, if ever there was a time, now is it, we need it right at this moment.


Excellent! It’s great ain’t it? I think I might go into work and tell my manager that I’m expecting myself to produce more, I can’t tell them when or what or anything like that, but just to let them know that I know, I know I’m expecting more from myself. Good stuff


He’s infuriating when he’s got the ball and doesn’t work hard enough when he hasn’t.

So why can’t I still help liking the little commie lad?

Alpha t

I know exactly how u feel, i like him too as long as he’s not on the pitch!
Give him a 5yr deal, he makes me happy!!!


After scoring the winner against Barca, Arshavin will be forever in my good books. Even if he mated with Nasri and produced some kind of weird horse/ meerkat cunty
babies I would still love him. Simples.


Just pray he cliq this season & help himself & the team so that he can be in form & on song @ Poland/Ukraine come summer.


In the last year of his contract?? As in he could walk away for free next summer?


Walk away being the operative word let’s face it he’s unlikely to run.


Love him as a character, but surely if Anzhi Howsyafather come knocking in January, looking for a bit of kudos in nabbing the Ruskie skipper, flashing their nicely washed and spun dried roubles, we’d be nuts not to take it.


Agree. But you’re not allowed to say anything in regards to selling or replacing any of our players here. It only gets you thumbs downs.

If AhnZi wil give us 10 mil£ that will offset the cost of hazard or Gourcuff or goetze by quite a bit. Even if we had to wait until summer.

We might as well start preparing for next year now. Out with the old, slow and in motivated and in with the new class. Up the arse


Thank God you’ve turned up mate.

I was starting to think I was gonna be on the end of a damn good Frogging!


Someone’s got to stand up to all the pussies posting here lately. No stones I tell ya!


His best moment for me was the goal at Old Trafford in 2009.

The goal against Barca was great too, but when he scored that screamer against Man U I thought we would be getting that sort of luxury every second week.

No. We didn’t

[…] let’s end with Arshavin admitting his form has been atrocious, and we can expect more from him, some sublime passes and goals. Talk is cheap, so is vodka. So […]

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