Wenger defends Arshavin’s lacking display

Arsene Wenger feels Andrey Arshavin gave his best on Sunday but was undone by fatigue.

The Russian showed up in rusty form in Arsenal’s clash with Liverpool as the Gunners had substitute Tomas Rosicky to thank for setting up a late equalizer.

Arshavin, previously prolific at Anfield, failed to make any vital contribution throughout the match and played a part in the concession of Ngog’s goal as he decided to pass to Wilshere who lost possession to Mashcerano in danger area.

Even so, Wenger refused to withdraw the below-par Russian as Arsenal chased the game, and Eboue, Wilshere and Diaby were instead sacrificed.

Of course, Arshavin can give his case of defense in why he failed to click at Anfield since his past exploits on that ground meant one of Roy Hodgson’s strategies for yesterday’s game was to simply stop the Arsenal forward.

Sunday though, was not the first time the habitually unenthusiastic 29-year-old had gone missing in a match during his time in England but Wenger claims it was down to the Russian star’s fitness and the efforts of his marker Glen Johnson.

“I felt he worked hard but he was a bit tired from the [international] game in midweek. He travelled to Russia and came back on Thursday. He tried to push himself today. Glen Johnson played well against him and he is the kind of player who can always create something special. But it was a difficult game for him.”

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8 thoughts on “Wenger defends Arshavin’s lacking display

  1. he’s had the entire summer off, he ha no excuse at all for being so unfit

    Anyone who saw him in pre-season could see that he’d been on the pies all summer, and hadn’t been training.

    His attitude since the first few months of his Arsenal career (during which he played incredibly well) has been appalling.

    1. hello guys, give arshavin a break. its only the 1st game, and there is tons of opportunity to redeem himself. we were not shabby at all @ Anfield. Far from it.

      1. Thankyou! Typical Arsenal fairweather fans….if they ain’t bashing somebody on the team then they ain’t happy

  2. i feel bad for clichy to be honest. Sagna gets lot of cover especially when eboue plays wing. arshavin exposes clichy alot! anyways, check out this site too for match analysis and ratings, arsenaltactics

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  3. His cross lead to our goal.

    Randy what kind of sad twat blows their own trumpet for slating a top player? Idiot! Just because some clueless fuckwit agrees with you?

    Twat

    1. It was Rosicky’s cross and not Arshavin’s which lead to our goal. You wouldn’t have missed it if you weren’t busy accepting your crown as king of twats.

      I’m not blowing my trumpet, I’m just reminding people like you about how you once disagreed with the truth about Arshavin. 😀

  4. Arshavin is one of our best players.the same people that slate rblazin r the same people who keep saying uv Walcott time.muppets!

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