Andrey Arshavin is the worst critic of himself.
Despite being renowned for some memorable strikes in his time at Arsenal, the Russian is occasionally profligate in front of goal.
Indeed, the former Zenith man rarely nets tap-ins and most of his goals have been harder chances to convert than his misses, but few oppositions ever forgive Wenger’s side for their lack of ruthlessness in attack.
That was nearly the case on Saturday as a string of one-on-one misses by Arshavin cost Arsenal a clear half-time lead.
And the 29-year-old is not making up any excuses either.
“We didn’t allow them too many chances in the first as well as the second half. On the contrary, I think that if I managed to use my chances in the first half, the margin would have been larger. And the game would have been even easier for us.”
Asked whether his misses were due to the brilliance of Bolton’s second choice goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, Arshavin criticized his own efforts instead.
“No, I can’t say that he worked some miracles in goal. In my case, I think that I was too hasty.”
The Russian was not squandering every opportunity on Saturday though. Arshavin played a part in a couple of Arsenal’s goals and the most notable was his assist for Song’s landmark 1000th goal under Wenger’s reign.
“In that situation, I got the ball on the right side, when I was in the penalty area. Alex Song picked up the ball so masterfully that one could only applaud him.”
“I was there and I saw it from such an angle that it would have been impossible to score. He did it indeed and even before the game he promised to score.”
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