One of the strangest things about Arsenal’s disappointing mid-week defeat to Olympiakos, was the fact that Arsene Wenger couldn’t even find a place in his starting line-up for Russian waster, Andrey Arshavin.
The Gunners boss opted to send out a team full of fringe players, youth and no-hopers. The line-up included players like Marouane Chamakh (a complete and unprecedented waste of space), Sebastien Squillaci (who clearly has no future at the club) and Gervinho (who has all the nous of a deer in the headlights).
These are players who are going nowhere fast. The fact that Arshavin wasn’t a part of this line-up is telling. The little Russian seems to have wasted his big move and his Arsenal career is clearly at an all-time low.
Even when Arshavin replaced Tomas Rosicky at half-time, he looks lackadaisical, slow and sloppy. Whilst it’s somewhat unfair to judge a player on the basis of 45 minutes, when he’s had no regular football, it’s Arshavin that has created the position that he’s currently in. A lack of application, effort and will-power saw him lose his place in the side and forgo the right to any kind of run of games in the side.
Arshavin could have been a world-beater. We all remember his four goal tally against Liverpool at Anfield and his rapturous goal against Barcelona in the Champions League. This was a player with pace, ability and something special about him. One by one these attributes have slowly disappeared and now Arsenal are left with only a shell of a player.
This is no doubt why The Metro claim that Arsene Wenger has told the Russian to find a new club in January. His contract will run out next summer and there have been no signs that the Gunners will offer him new terms. For all intents and purposes, the Russian’s Arsenal career is over.
He was Arsenal’s record signing at £15m back in 2009. When he leaves the club, Arsenal will make a massive loss. But it’s a move that has to be completed. Arsene Wenger has to ship out all the deadwood from the club if he’s to have any chance of starting a new. The club’s new commercial deal offers him and fans fresh hope, but only if Wenger can separate the wheat from the chuff and create a strong team.
One thing’s for sure: Arshavin will not be a part of it.
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