Gunners playmaker Tomas Rosicky has hailed team-mate Andrey Arshavin as Russia’s danger man ahead of their tough Euro 2012 fixture.
Rosicky still regards the little Russian as a ‘great player’ despite his lack of impact at the Emirates over the past twelve months. Arshavin’s lackluster form lead to the eventual loan spell in January to his original club Zenit St Petersburg to help boost his Euro 2012 hopes.
He has since regained form playing a key part in Zenit’s tail end of the season and has managed to retain his place in Dick Advocaat’s Russian squad.
Someone who thrived for Arsenal at the turn of the new year is Tomas Rosicky, who believes the Euro 2008 semi-finalists Russia are the favourites to top Group A, with his country set to face Arshavin and his compatriot’s in their opening match.
Rosicky told Uefa.com:
When you watch matches of the Russian team, Andrey is still the key player in the national team too; there’s no doubt about it. Andrey is still a great player, and there’s no doubt he will represent an enormous danger for us
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If you’re talking about the favourites for the group, that would be Russia. They have a very experienced team and play good football, so we definitely have the most difficult match in the group up first.
The group does appear very even, but Russia, thanks to the experience in their team, will certainly be tough opponents.
This Euro competition will be make or break for Arshavin as he attempts to win back the faith of Wenger before returning for duty to North London. He has stated he still wants to return to Arsenal this summer, but is there still space for the hot and cold Russian?
Many of the Arsenal faithful see no future for the playmaker/winger in red and white, and rightly so after a season to forget for the Russian. The best situation for all parties is for Arshavin to enjoy a stellar Euro tournament, play well and be sold for a decent sum.
It’s time for the Gunners to part ways with the current club transfer record holder and make way for the likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Miyachi in the pecking order.
What are your thoughts? Do you think Arshavin should be given a second chance if he plays well this summer? Feel free to comment below or in Arshavin’s thread in the allArsenal Forum.