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Andre Arshavin Named In Reserves Squad

Andre Arshavin has been named to play in the reserves team against Norwich City as presumably the manager looks to give him a kick up the rump in an aid to help the little Russian rekindle some form.

Arshavin has been horribly out of form since well probably since he arrived and helped us qualify for the Champions League. But more than that, his confidence is low as the Russian captain can`t seem to do much right these days.

I`m not sure whether this decision will be a help him regain form or go even further to crushing his spirit.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday February 21 2012

Time: 12:35PM

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Interesting! Perhaps there's more to it? Sent to sit in the reserves until a summer move?
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21/02/2012 13:44:00

Chamakh, Benayoun and Park also selected. Wonder too whether that's punitive or whether he just wants to give them playing time. We've got something like 14 games in 12 weeks now so not much left of the season!
Little Dutch
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21/02/2012 14:15:00

Ah, they're in the ressies too? Benayoun makes it interesting - if it were just the other three, you could argue they're either being given a rollocking or being written-off to rot. But Benyaoun's in there too... that says 'playing time' to me.
Looking forward to the season ending... Can't take too many more false dawns!
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21/02/2012 15:33:00

Err, when did we have a false dawn this season, DT? Lol.. Its been one long nightmare.. interrupted with an odd win at Chelsea.. =D
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21/02/2012 15:45:00

That's the one, Sajit! That and 'Wilshere will be back in February'.
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21/02/2012 15:47:00

I still like Asrhavin, he's lost his confidence, his form and is never played in his most effective position but he's a decent guy who is always honest about his and the teams performances. I wish things had worked out better for him. Real shame.
Professor Calculus
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21/02/2012 17:52:00

I agree Prof. Somehow, I wish Arshavin has a few good games before the season end, at least, there will be some more good memories of his time at Arsenal. A shame that it hasn't worked out.
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21/02/2012 18:06:00

Think Park has already played a couple in the ressies already no? as for the others they do badly need playing time to keep up some semblance of match fitness and they will likely be needed at some stage before the end of the season. Seems unlikely that it's part of a dressing down as Chamakh and Benny have played little to no part since January anyway. Either way I can't see any of these 4 still being with us after this summer, but then I say that about half the squad at collapsetime (TM AFC) every year.
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21/02/2012 18:09:00

It should be for playing time, or at least, the players should take it as such. What's the use sitting on the bench for the first team when you can be of use to the younger lads in the reserves. Arshavin will make the best of it and I am sure it will give players like Afobe and Miguel some joy to have them play with them. One thing though, Miguel is listed as Captain. Can that be right?
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21/02/2012 18:30:00

Cant help thinking that Arshavin is just a victim of the manner in which we've been playing. In style and stature he reminds me of Overmars, but whereas the flying dutchman was part of a rapid counter-attacking team our pocket russian is being asked to dribble through massed defences, and it doesn't suit him. Arsahvin was at his most effective when we were on the back foot up at Liverpool, breaking at speed from the back.
Wyn Mills
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21/02/2012 19:31:00

It turns out the game with the reserves v Norwich saw goals from the 1st teamers. Arshavin's two goals can only do him good as he struggles for form. Good work-out for the team.
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21/02/2012 22:18:00

Wyn, you make a fair point - a friend of mine was trying to excuse as 'he's adjusting to the premier league, and some players just can't'. But when a player THAT good can't make a simple five yard pass, it's got to be more than that.
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22/02/2012 10:28:00

Play arseshaving on sunday please.
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22/02/2012 11:49:00

Only if you promise to play your mighty 14m Russian, Roman Pavyluchenko... Oh wait.
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22/02/2012 11:58:00

:) they could walk around the touchline sulking together eh.
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22/02/2012 12:09:00

The only time i'd use the word mighty for pav is if it's followed by over-rated.
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22/02/2012 12:10:00

Still don't understand why neither of them - or Shevchenko and Rebrov, for that matter - can play in England. Very odd.
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22/02/2012 12:39:00

Not many russian players have been particularly successful in England, that's true. What happened to Yuri Zirkhov?
Wyn Mills
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22/02/2012 17:17:00

Went to that Russian lottery-winning side, Machakalakakavaka, didn't he?
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22/02/2012 17:24:00

Great see Afobe back really like the look of the kid
Van Persie
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22/02/2012 20:07:00

You'd think russian players wuold do ok here. I get it that most south american players go to the continent, as the climat and langage are the same...for the most part. in the same way most scandinavian players settle here ok, i'd have put russians in the same group as the scandinavians so can't see why it doesn't work out for them. Maybe it's not cold enough?
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23/02/2012 11:03:00

Kanchelskis..he did ok.
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23/02/2012 11:03:00

Hands up if you're a Cardiff fan after the derby? i know i am :)
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23/02/2012 11:05:00

No ox' in the England squad. You guys have to be happy with that surely? I'd be happy if no tottenham players were named for a friendly, two thirds of the way through the season.
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23/02/2012 11:23:00

yeah, Ox has decades in front of him, he doesn't need tarnishing just yet!
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23/02/2012 16:42:00

Wow... I didnt see this coming.. What a joke to sell him now.. ***** off Gazidis
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24/02/2012 19:13:00

Its the worse possible timing you could imagine? Who the hell have we got in charge in the board room? A closet spurs fan?
Wyn Mills
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25/02/2012 10:40:00


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