by Zain Shahid
I think there will hardly be a single Gooner out there who wouldn’t be happy with Arshavin coming in and why not!
Arshavin is an extremely creative and skillful attacking midfielder and in my view exactly what we needed right now. Arsenal have looked very lacklustre as of late especially when it comes to creativity. We have been unable to create clear cut chances and on some rare occassions that we have managed it, Adebayor has wasted the opportunity! We may be on a 10 match unbeaten run but let’s not forget it includes 5 draws which is 10 dropped points with draws in the last 3 matches. Just 1 goal from 3 matches now shows what Arsenal are going through at the moment. But now here comes Arshavin. He can create chances out of nothing like Fabregas, and score goals out of nothing like van Persie. With van Persie and Nasri in brilliant forms and Arshavin to join them, it will make quite a line-up with those three in it. Next up for Arsenal is North London rivals Tottenham and I would be pleased to see him make a substitute appearance. I don’t think he will be fit enough to start right now.
Everything seems to be giong right at the moment but the big question is how long will he take to adapt to the physical nature of the Premier League. It’s easy to make guesses and I am sure most will say not long. But remember Shevchenko? He was a better player when he arrived at Chelsea than what Arshavin is now but he completely failed to adapt to the Premier League and his career has taken a steep downfall. Of course there are various reasons for it but will Arshavin also suffer the same fate? Lets hope not but there is always that risk. Apart from that, historically speaking Russians and Ukranians have had a hard time in the Premier League. We have our own example of Oleg Luzhny and then the biggest example I mentioned of Shevchenko. I don’t know why is it so but there surely is something about it. But then there is Arshavin’s Russian teammate Pavlyuchenko who has wasted no time in showing his class at Spurs so one can be hopeful. But there is the dangerous side of the transfer so I would say give the lad time. Don’t put your expextation level too high because as Arsene Wenger said he doesn’t expect an instant saviour in Arshavin.
There is also another question of which position will he play in. Right wing is in my view the most probable position Wenger will play him but he is a natural attacking midfielder and can score goals. So I would like him to be played as an attacking midfielder playing just behind Adebayor and van Persie. But I would be really happy for him to play on the right. Reason? Eboue will be forced to the bench!
So lets wait and see how good can our new big signing be. I hope he adjusts as quickly as Sagna and Nasri did!