Arsenal’s meerkat rules okay! Andrey Arshavin showed the world exactly why Arsenal paid £15m for him. The question remains how does Russia boss Dick Advocaat get the best out of him? I’d say giving him the armband and a free role helps. Don’t expect Arshavin to track back. He won’t do it. But if you want assists and genius, then play him.
Arsene Wenger has rarely got the best out of Arshavin simply because he plays him out of position or not at all. If he thinks Tomas Rosicky is a better player than Arshavin after this mauling of the Czech Republic then I’d like him to explain his reasons.
Rosicky is better defensively than Arshavin and he has a better work-rate. But as good a season as he has had, the ‘Little Mozart’ will never unlock defences like the ‘meerkat’.
Of course, we all know Arshavin will be sold. I can see him going to Barcelona if he keeps this kind of form up. Otherwise, he’ll return to Zenit St Peterberg.
One player who caught the eye tonight was the Czech’s right back Theodor Gebre Selassie. He’s 25 and the first black player to represent that country. He’s got pace, zest and technical ability. He’ll make a good signing for someone for there’s no way he’ll stay at Slovan Liberec after this kind of performance.