Arshavin: Snow was not excuse for failure
Andrey Arshavin admits yesterday’s freezing conditions were unpleasant to play in but the blame for dropping points to Everton lies elsewhere.
Arsenal looked the less energetic side as David Moyes’ men hampered pressure to nearly claim what would have been a famous victory at the Emirates Stadium.
And Arshavin himself – despite being used to action in freezing temperatures back home in Russia – had a relatively quiet day even though that partly hinged on being deployed in an uncomfortable role as Arsenal’s target man.
Considering the circumstances in which the game was drawn – with Rosicky snatching an injury time equalizer – this may be a point gained for Arsenal but Arshavin feels the Gunners’ performance was at fault more than the cold, gritty ground.
“To be honest, it was not pleasant to be on the field for both Arsenal’s players and the opponent’s. A strong wind and snow was always blowing in your face. That is unusual for a game at the Emirates.” Arshavin said.
“On the other hand, football is played in any weather, so this complaint is certainly not the reason why we did not beat Everton.”