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‘I’ve Been Average For Arsenal’ – Andrei Arshavin Admits To Poor Form For The Gunners…Again

By Alan Duffy

He came to north London on the back of a magnificent starring role at the 2008 European Championships, yet Arsenal fans have only intermittently seen the best of Andrei Arshavin.

The Russian captain has enjoyed some fabulous performances for the Gunners, including that four-goal solo show at Anfield a few years back. However, too often he seems on the periphery of the game and without the desire for hard work. Admittedly, he rarely plays in his favoured central role behind a striker, but with his talent, he still should be able to influence the game more.

Now, the player himself has admitted that his form could be better. “Speaking honestly, I think my performances for Arsenal have been average,” he said. “I’ve done some good things but I don’t assess my game on goals or assists – I look at the whole picture.”

“Normally when I’m on the pitch, I take control of a game but I haven’t really done that here. I’m an extra tool in the team rather than the main one, so it’s been different.”

The former Zenit St Petersburg star is well known for his honest and often self-critical utterances on his own website, but you have to wonder, maybe if he spent less time focusing on being “honest” and more on working harder for Arsenal, everyone would be happier.

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By Alan Duffy on November 3rd, 2011 in Arsenal. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
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4 Responses to “‘I’ve Been Average For Arsenal’ – Andrei Arshavin Admits To Poor Form For The Gunners…Again”

  1. Foran44 says:

    He’s like the anti-Bendtner

  2. np says:

    He keeps coming out with statements likes this….i think he is hoping to convince wenger and the arsenal board so they sell him back to zenit next year.

    I personally think he has done better than he gets credit for (look at his stats). His main position should be behind the striker but plays out wide at arsenal.

  3. Francisco Rodrigues says:

    I agree with you np. And he is getting slower, but the skills are there, and the experience… the central role is the only option for him atm.

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