February 3, 2009
Interesting quotes assigned to Le Boss following the completion of the long drawn out Andrei Arshavin saga, according to Sky Sports, Wenger states Arshavin is an impact player who can change the direction of a game.
“Andrei Arshavin is a player I have admired for a long time” said the Arsenal manager.
“He is a versatile player with great experience, who will add real quality to our squad.”
The player himself openly suggests his fitness is not quite in line with the levels required to play any form of professional football, let alone the rigours of the Premiership. He said: “I must be ready by Friday or Saturday, but I am not fit now. It will be decided by Arsene (Wenger) if I can play or not.”
Considering Wenger has very rarely started any new signing off the bat, it would seem most likely Arshavin is given a role benchwarming down the Lane on Sunday, with the hope he will not be needed at any juncture.
I also hope we don’t see him get any minutes, for that could only suggest a match going in exactly the right direction for the Arsenal.
Although a cameo off the bench, in the mould of Reyes against Chelski in the FA Cup back in Feb 2004, would certainly be a massive confidence booster for the player and his new teammates.
Has been almost 6 years to the day since Jose Antonio Reyes came off the bench in the aforementioned game and gave Gooners around the globe that crazy feeling that can be best described as YEEEEESSSSSSSSSS, what a player we’ve got on our hands !!
Here’s hoping that feeling is reverberating around Gooners again very soon. Sunday lunchtime would not be the worst time to get that funky feeling again.
If I’m not mistaken, our young Spaniard scored his superb double, off the bench, against a certain Mr Cudicini in the Chelski goal that beautiful Sunday afternoon. I’m all for good omens.