(This article was written at half-time during the match against Swansea City)
I have never written about a match when it is still in progress, but my goodness, what is Andrey Arshavin doing on the pitch while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain sits in the cold?
Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott have also reported into half-time at Swansea as poor performers but even their below-par display has been eclipsed by the now reliably disappointing Arshavin.
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This is not an outrage over the 1-1 scoreline at half-time in Wales but apart from setting up Van Persie for the goal – which would not have been any heroic act had Van Persie not used his own brilliance to score from nothing – the Russian has harmed Arsenal’s play more than helped it.
Everyone misplaces passes but Arshavin almost does it for a living and for whatever reason, whenever he gives the ball away, it costs the team dearly.
It was his loose ball which handed Swansea the possession which they used to earn a penalty-kick courtesy of a needless tackle from the increasingly under-performing Ramsey.
And as Arsenal searched for a goal on the stroke of half-time, Song and Van Persie hustled with moves forward before Arshavin booted away a tame long ball with the last kick of the half.
I hate to criticize any Gunner but enough is enough for Andrey Arshavin!