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Time to rest Arshavin?

Time to rest Arshavin?

Controversially Wenger left Arshavin out against Chelsea in an FA Cup game at the Emirates last season. The defeat, albeit a narrow one compared to league games against the Chavs since, caused that decision to be mocked by many angry supporters. Depending on the fitness of others it maybe that it is time to leave Arshavin out against the same team once more.

The diminutive Russian, very popular as a rare 'big name` signing just a year ago, has shown moments of great composure and undoubted class but this season it has flourished all too rarely. As a star name it seems like heresy to some not to play him but I think he needs the rest. He has been carrying a foot injury for some time and it has been painful to even kick the ball it seems.

"With my knock at the moment I`m trying my best and after each kick I am feeling pain, but I still train every day. I`ve had a few other injuries." Andrey told the press last week.

It maybe that this might explain his somewhat subdued performances but statistically at least Eduardo has created more attempts for others, more assists and got more shots on target. Arshavin has scored more goals, 7 to Eduardo`s 3 but 4 of these were in the early part of the season and his recent scoring rate isn`t better than Eduardo`s. Even allowing that the expected return of Bendtner would release Arshavin from the central striker role currently Eduardo, assuming as anticipated he recovers from a hamstring injury in time, should still offer more against Chelsea than the Russian will.

Andrey`s style of play rather lends itself to the claim by some that play bypasses him sometimes but Wenger at least can see virtue in this.

"Arshavin turns up when something is really needed, not at 4-0 but at 0-0 or 1-1. He likes the big stage. He can be quiet for 20 minutes and then do something decisive." Le Boss has claimed.

That would seem to be a characteristic that could be important this weekend in much the same way as RvP`s individual flair was in the same fixture last season, but I suspect we`ll need more reliable qualities to get something this time around.

Only Fabregas and Song have started more games than Arshavin this season. He has earned a break. If it helps him to recover from any persistent injury and allows him to be the player that we believed we`d signed then that has to be good for him and the team.

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Date:Thursday February 4 2010
Time: 9:52AM


I'd get past the Liverpool game then give him a rest, we really need 4-6 points from the next two games.
04/02/2010 10:00:00
It's a tough one. On one hand, I could see the sense in it, Nasri, Rosicky, Bendtner, Eduardo and Walcott all seem to be fit for Sunday at the moment, so the option is there. However, though on one side you could say we need someone to put more of a shift in to nullify Chelsea, their defence is still pretty handy too and we might just need that moment of brilliance he is capable of. Perhaps he could best produce that as a late substitute? Tere again, given the respective performances of Nasri and Rosicky on Sunday, anythign close to a repeat display from either would see us looking more toothless than a tortoise's anus.
Little Dutch
04/02/2010 10:00:00
"earned a break", he's a footballer, paid to play football. That notion's boring, how many players were rotated when we got to the semis in FA Cup, won the league, semis in league cup & quarters in CL? And what exactly would we be resting him for? The run in? Pah!
04/02/2010 10:07:00
Reality is that the physical demands of football are higher than they've ever been. That's why we get so many supporters bleating about squad size and depth. I rather feel that Arshavin's playing style is more suited to CL football than the PL in which case a 100% fit player might be more useful for that challenge than one struggling to overcome a foot injury when we have other players capable of doing just as good a job in the PL.
04/02/2010 10:18:00
Well he's only got 2 competitions to worry about now, resting him for Chelsea/Liverpool is bordering on ridiculous.
04/02/2010 10:21:00
Not if someone else is capable of doing a better job at the present.
04/02/2010 10:26:00
I think that's a rather simplistic look at it SW. You're right that he's paid to play football .... but if he's playing injured then using your stance there will come a time when he missies more games through injury because of the refusal to accept that football do need to rest.
04/02/2010 10:26:00
Not when we've got 2 massive games coming up in the context of the league. Him and Cesc are capable of truly world class moments, we need him on the pitch for Chelsea at least. Amos - like who? Arsh gets my respect for playing on injured, as well as Gallas. Get the impression that other players that aren't 100% are **** scarred of stepping onto the pitch.
04/02/2010 10:32:00
Arshavin is capable of producing world class moments but in all honesty we haven't seen too much of that this season. We seem to be picking him on what we think he might be able to do not on what he is doing at the moment. Reality is that Eduardo has produced more than he has so I'd go with Eduardo on the left if Bendtner is playing up front.
04/02/2010 10:56:00
Arshavin could definitely do with a rest - if only to let him heal up. We haven't seen his rocket shots in a while, and this might be because of his foot injury. Although I definitely see shewores point - the next two games are massive, and we need all the big game players we can get. If AA is up for it, get him on the pitch, we can rest him during the run in.
04/02/2010 11:23:00
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