Position : Winger/Forward
Nation : Russia
2011/2012 Appearances : 26 (11 as sub)
After arriving from Zenit St.Petersburg in January 2009, Arshavin has drawn his fair share of complaints and compliments from Arsenal fans. Short, diminutive, quick, he can be equally frustrating and lethargic. He scored 4 goals at Anfield, but also drew jeers from the crowd when he came on as a sub. He was loaned out to Zenit in January.
Here is a look at Andrei Arshavin‘s season.
Arshavin started in the frustrating season opener against Newcastle. After being an unused sub against Udinese, he would start against Liverpool, where he was part of a makeshift midfield. He came on as a late sub against Udinese, and started in the disastrous game at Old Trafford, where he should have scored early on in the second half.
He scored a fortunate goal in a 1-0 win against Swansea, after a hash of a throw from Michel Vorm. After warming the bench in Dortmund, he started against Blackburn, putting in a mixed performance in the 4-3 loss. Again on the bench against Bolton, he put in a good display in a 2-1 win over Olympiakos.
He failed to make an impact after coming on as a sub against Bolton and Tottenham. He started against Sunderland, where he was replaced by Gervinho after 67 minutes following a mixed performance. He again started at Marseille, but looked subdued. He scored and created one for Park Chu-Young in a 2-1 Carling Cup win over Bolton at home.
He didnt feature against Chelsea, but came on late against Marseille and West Brom. Unused against Norwich and Dortmund, he made into the starting 11 against Fulham, where he had the ball in the back of the net, but it was ruled offside. A late sub against Wigan, he would start in the deadrubber tie against Olympiakos.
He came on in place of Walcott away to Manchester City, and looked out of sorts, when he misplaced twice, in great spaces. A sub against Villa, he again came on late against Wolves, where he looked lively. He put in a hard working performance in a 1-0 win over QPR, assisting van Persie for the only goal of the game.
Another enterprising display against Leeds would follow, but his finishing let him down. But, he was very poor in a 3-2 loss to Swansea. He did assist van Persie early on, but then got closed down too easily. He was at the receiving end of jeers and boos as he came on in place of the impressive Oxlade-Chamberlain against Manchester United, and was partly responsible for United’s late winner. His last time in an Arsenal shirt, before he was loaned, would come against Sunderland, where his brilliant cross was turned in by Henry for a 92nd minute winner.
Here are few key features of Andrei Arshavin‘s game.
1. Midfield Play
Often deployed as a winger, rather than in a central role, Arshavin has been largely poor this season. His ability to get past defenders seems to have vanished in thin air, apart that moment of magic against Sunderland.
He has clearly lost that extra yard of pace that he used to have, and has been guilty of throwing away possession, when in good constructive positions.
SUMMARY AND RATING
The Russian’s short but eventful time in London looks like it is coming to and end, after a disappointing few appearances for Arsenal this season. He gets a 6.