Andrey Arshavin was one man unlucky not to get on a crowded score sheet today – especially on the evidence of Arsenal’s sixth goal – but the Russian helped pull off a dream start to the new season.
And speaking to his personal website after the final whistle, the 28-year-old gave his reaction to the Gunners’ impressive start to the campaign at Goodison Park.
How about this for a victory on the first day of the season?
[A.A]: It could seem from one side that the game was formed for us easily. From the other side, this victory indicates the fact that we were prepared well for the first match. All three chances which we used in first half left me in no doubt that the game was already done after just 45 minutes. In the second half, we accurately used our chances again. And it is pleasant to begin the season like this.
How was it playing against men who are very good in the air today?
[A.A]: Simply what I expected from defenders. Usually in the Premier league this is what you face and there are even taller men out there.
You it did not really storm Goodison Park apart from Arsenal’s last goal…
[A.A]: The fans should understand. The beginning of the season is always about hope. And suddenly the game becomes harder as you play on and most footballers don’t like that. They play for the fans. They do not want to lose. Moreover this was only the first game in the season. Also, we used all our chances today and for Everton they did not do so. But even in Zenit, I did not see that many fans leave the stadium before the end.
After the game, do you think the Everton fans may say the last time you came to Merseyside, you scored four on Liverpool but you couldn’t score one against Everton?
[A.A]: This is fact.
Did your four goals at Liverpool get you carried away?
[A.A]: It can be. But if you are serious, it is better not to get carried away and just use it to be happy and command the game.
Within a few days, Arsenal have a big Champions League game at Celtic, how about that?
[A.A]: I do not feel fearful or think it will be easy ahead of it. But after today, we are confident going into that match.