Many would believe that Arsenal’s nifty Russian attacking midfielder Andrey Arshavin has had a slow start this season. Arguably people of this opinion are not wrong. “Andrey Arshavin remains one of the most skillful and artistic players in the Arsenal squad, a player who can change games with pure magic. Unfortunately, that ingredient is exactly what has been missing from the Russian’s game in recent times.” An aura of ineffectiveness seems to looming heavy over the midfielder.
Some may deem my comments harsh as the little Russian helped secure three points away to Aston Villa at the weekend. However, this was the first time in a long period that the player truly showed what he was capable of.
“In recent matches, Arshavin has been found guilty of misplacing passes and shots, even from the more simple positions.” Arshavin was often found wanting in commitment and spirit in his match, often losing the ball and misplacing passes. Though no one doubts his skills and talent, the willingness to fight for every inch of grass and to track back and help out the defence out of a difficult spot are qualities to be desired. Sadly, Arshavin has forgotten one of the key fundamentals in football and that is, defending starts from the front.
Arsenal currently find themselves top of the table, however if they are to seriously maintain their title pursuit then they will need their prized assets like Arshavin firing on all cylinders for the remainder of the season. If winning the title is not a massive incentive for the little Russian then I’m certain he should rethink his priorities and maybe even his future at the club. Maybe I’m just a frustrated neutral who so wants the Arsenal midfielder to succeed, all the while he struggles to find form or is showing little sign of commitment to the cause.