Thankfully, Arshavin brought jokes

Read between the lines, Man U.

We all know that Arsenal’s defense needs work, hell the whole team could step up in that regard: even Cesc is talking about the need for a team defense step-up ahead of the Champions League clash with Man U. So, us fans fretting over it is probably not going to do a lick of good and us bloggers writing about it is pretty much pointless.

What I would love to tell you is that there’s a 100% chance of Eduardo, Almunia, and Djourou this weekend. But I can’t do that either, which is a bit of a bummer. What the hell is going on in our injury room gods damnit!?!?

I suppose that news will have to wait as well.


Which leaves us with nothing… well… we’ve got Arshavin cracking jokes and actually he’s a funny guy. I don’t know who he was talking to but in that link above he is both be humble about his place on the team and shows some self deprecating humor there at the end. And in this article he talks about his desire to succeed and how he’s not going to be another Beast.

Pretty cool stuff from a funny, smart, and driven young guy.

Which makes me wonder how I was so completely duped by the English and Russian press this January? I guess it just goes to show that you can’t believe everything you read, and even less of what you read in the papers.

Match preview tomorrow, see you then.


12 Responses to “Thankfully, Arshavin brought jokes”

  1. 1 CaribKid
    April 23, 2009 at 9:27 am

    There were 2 questions in my mind which made me wary of Arshavin coming to Arsenal. Firstly, could he handle the physical aspect of the EPL, and secondly, was he a prima donna who only wanted glory for himself.

    He has joyfully answered both questions YES and NO respectively, and should emerge as one of our outstanding players. May we all be “Arse-struck”.

  2. April 23, 2009 at 9:29 am

    I wouldn’t say he is young at 27…but he is really level headed. I think with his right honest attitude it is definitely going to help the younger players there.

  3. 3 Bongo
    April 23, 2009 at 9:29 am

    News is worse than that, Rosicky is confirmed to be out for the rest of the season.

    That might not come as a surprize, but if you watch his interviews on the below link you’ll see he’s a broken man, it would have been brilliant to see him play again this season just to boost his moral, I feel sorry for him after watching that interview.

    I think that, even if they can manage to slot him in for the last 5 minutes of our last home match of the season, I think it would do him the world of good and aid his recovery to see the reaction from the fans. I’m gonna be sending a letter of support to him via snail mail.


  4. 4 WC
    April 23, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    I’ve read Arshavin still thiks his bes position is playing in the hole behind a striker. Seems plausible since his goals at Anfield were from more central positions so Cesc, Eddie, Arshavin, Nasri and Walcott – scary line-up.

    On a more food for thought note: As the season has gone by Nicky has pretty much almost disappeared from the scene. I didn’t even remember half the time that he was playing at Anfield the other night. We all praised him, supported him, criticized him etc. We realized his potential but do we still believe that? He’s shown that he’s not a starter or at least not ready so should we keep him? Does he have the patience to wait his turn and does the club and fans have the patience to tolerate him that long? Should we loan him out again or just straight up buy someone like Higuain or Benzema who has shown his pedigree of goalscoring to replace the Great Dane?

  5. 5 T-Town Alex
    April 23, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    When you add it all up, Bendtner is garbage. There are some things one can learn, and other things that are more ‘gifts’ than learned skills. Bendtner unfortunately has flawed decision making almost 90% of the time (shot selection, pass selection, controls, dribbles), and a terrible first touch on the ball. On a more subjective level, I personally think he does not have the killer instinct and creativity that a striker needs. Often I wonder if Wenger is giving him playing time only to pop up his value when we sell him…

  6. 6 T-Town Alex
    April 23, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Benzema is more of an Arsenal-type striker than Higuain, but they are both great. We may not need either of them. I like to think that Jay Simpson has greatness in him, based on the Carling Cup displays we have seen so far. He is also getting lots of playing time on a doormat team like WBA. It must build character :-)

  7. 7 barnaby
    April 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I think we all knew Arshavin was a good player, but how good and how good he would fit in is always a fair question. He’s proved his class at the euros but that can always be misleading as to what league/team he best suits, there can be no doubt now, he suits us and he’s the equivalent of basketball player who you can rely on to score, just set him up. On his final goal, you could tell walcott’s one mission was to get it to this man’s feet and he’ll handle it. As he’s way ahead in technical ability to all but rvp the hope is the rest can learn from him, both in technique and drive. His shooting ability alone(nevermind pace to spare) should keep him a relevant member of the side into his 30’s.

    Shame about rosicky, at this point after so much time i’m not inclined to give up on him, with his quick feet, Arshavin and Walcott, together these three can rip apart any defense. It’s amazing some hamstring problems can really take this long to heal, they can, and they will eventually heal. I wonder if he’s getting the best medical advice, those ops and screws, perhaps he’d be better if they just left him be, hard to believe given eduardo’s recovery, but i’m just not prepared to give up on him. As for Benzema, he sounds like he’s going to move this summer.

  8. 8 barnaby
    April 23, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    T-Town, have to disagree on Benzema/Higuan types, Simpson is a great prospect, but when you bring in a star player(with correct attitude/not robinho), that star quality can really help to gel a squad and sharpen ambitions and lift the whole club, we’ve seen what Arshavin can do, one or two more can make all the difference.

  9. April 23, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Does Andrey have a song yet? If so, what is it? If not, we really need to get one for him stat!

  10. April 23, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    Sorry to post again so soon. Doesn’t Rosicky’s contract expire this summer?

  11. 11 Walter
    April 24, 2009 at 12:39 am

    A song for Arshavin ?

    On the music of the song Raspoutin:

    Andrey Arshavi, Russias greatest goalmachine…

    (Ra ra Raspoutin, Russias greatest lovemachine)

  12. 12 T-Town Alex
    April 24, 2009 at 2:21 am

    Walter – YOU ROCK!
    Brings back high school memories. :-)

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