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Does Arshavin Still Have a Role To Play?

Does Arshavin Still Have a Role To Play?

There are reports coming out at the moment saying that Arsenal are struggling to find buyers for Andrei Arshavin as it seems Zenith have decided not to sign the Russian on a permanent basis. Obviously this proves a massive obstacle for Arsene Wenger and Arsenal as he is one of the players who we are looking to clear.

For me it seems as though the problem with Andrei's below par performances are three fold. Firstly he is played as a left winger when he isn't one. Secondly he doesn't have the stamina to track back and help the full back when he plays as a left winger and finally we, the fans have to take some responsibility for getting on his back when he under performs and severely denting his confidence. However, by making a slight tweak in the way we play, I think he could still prove to be an important member of the team.

As I said, Arshavin has never and will never be a left winger. His best performances during his career have been playing in the roaming number 10 role, so the first thing would be to play him there. Watching the Carling Cup game against Bolton last season where he did play in his favoured position I thought he had a good game, far better than most of his appearances particularly in the second half with a well taken goal and an assist.

The only thing with this though was that he had Frimpong and Coquelin playing behind him, two tough tackling defensive midfielders. As our first choice pairing is Song and Arteta/Wilshere, none of those you would describe as being tough tackling defensive players. However should this matter? No I don't think so, as long as the two behind him to be a bit more disciplined I don't see there being a problem whatsoever.

As it is looking increasingly unlikely Van Persie will stay, we will lose not only goals but also assists too and by playing Arshavin in his favoured position we would at least be able to supplement the loss of the assists from our Captain as well as chip in with a few goals as we know he can finish. Surely a front four of Podolski, Giroud, Arshavin and Walcott will strike fear in to any opposition defence and who knows we might even bring back the player who we signed in January 2009 again.

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Date:Wednesday July 18 2012
Time: 9:01AM


i think he is a quality player tell me if im wrong you gooners?
18/07/2012 09:08:00
He's quality when he plays well, but when he doesn't he's actually more of a hinderance than a help, we'd do better with 10 players. But as IU4GN says, he's always been played out of position. If nobody wants to buy him then I think we should consider using him in his correct position when we need someone to fill in. He was brilliant in the Euros, it went some way to show he still has the skills.
18/07/2012 09:17:00
He will probably go out on loan again, find him a club in Turkey or somewhere that will take him. I am a big fan of Arshavin - he is certainly not as big a flop as is being portrayed but he does not qualify as a success either. If Wenger is not going to use him in his preferred position, he is now too old to adapt to any other way of playing.
18/07/2012 09:44:00
A good player can start from the left and still have an impact centrally. Pires and Ljungberg didn't have much problem doing it. Arshavin produced brilliant form from the left when he first signed, it didn't seem to be a problem then. I really think the whole "he's played out of position" thing is a total misnomer. It's like we're saying, "Oh he's lazy, so let's just put him somewhere where he can be as lazy as he likes. Oh and by the way, Arteta, Song, you need to increase your workload even more to cover for him." Changing the system of the whole team around a fitful 32 year old would be a retrograde step in my eyes.
Little Dutch
18/07/2012 09:47:00
If he stays then we can most likely kiss Affelay goodbye. Unless Walcott leaves. Wenger will never play him as a number 10 so he will have to show he can adjust. But maybe, just maybe the fact that nobody has shown any interest in him will be a swift kick up the backside and we'll get a fully focused Arshavin. We will definitely be a better team for it.
18/07/2012 10:10:00
Infairness Pires and Ljungberg were part of an extra special squad the likes of which we may not see again. They could have done what ever they liked and we'd have had the talent to make it happen.
18/07/2012 10:10:00
Maybe, but then consider Pires and Ljungberg played in a 4-4-2, they had less cover than Arshavin is afforded and still made it work. Arshavin has that level of talent, just not the level of application and he's far too old to learn now.
Little Dutch
18/07/2012 10:15:00
The problem with Arshavin is that he doesn't really have the mentality to play for a top-level club. He wants (and needs) a team built around him but can't produce the work rate consistently enough to merit a place. Best role at Arsenal is as an impact sub, but I'd rather he just went and we gave Miyaichi his place.
18/07/2012 10:29:00
Why stay with perennial losers??
18/07/2012 11:38:00
Because it keeps him away from clubs with witless boring tw*ts for fans?
18/07/2012 14:18:00
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