Arshavin on Wenger’s advice, title race and first full season
Andrey Arshavin spoke on a few interesting points following the campaign’s final day against Fulham.
The Russian finished his first full season in England with 12 goals in all competitions – double the tally of his debut spell in 2008/09.
Despite his decent return in statistics, Arshavin faced criticism over his inconsistency during the course of season while reports and speculation in the media did his reputation no good.
There was also the disappointment of missing out on World Cup qualification with Russia, but after ending the season on a good note with a goal against Fulham last Sunday, Arshavin claims Wenger was mild with his end of season talks.
“He (the manager) wished us luck. Especially to the players who will fly to the South Africa. Arsene said that it is important to rest well in order to be more successful next season. He stressed that we must take the trophies in the future.” he said.
Arshavin also told the story of 2009/10’s Premier League race as it was.
“The Championship was interesting. A lot of clubs fought for the victory and for the right to play in the Champions League.” he said
“Some of them got lucky, some of them not. In the end Chelsea and Manchester United looked better. They broke away from their pursuers and clashed for first place.”
And despite the quarter-final collapse against Barcelona, the 28-year-old was grateful of his best experience in Europe’s elite club competition.
“It was my first time in the Champions League quarterfinals. And I managed to find out what the Champions League really is.” he said.