Arsenal’s little Russian Andrei Arshavin has delivered a rather blunt assessment of himself since joining the gunners with Arsenal’s highest transfer fee of £15m, saying his performances as a whole have been average.
No doubt Arshavin has shown glimpses of brilliance during his time at the Eimirates, but at times his work ethic and hot and cold performances has lead to a divide in opinion amongst Arsenal fans.
Arshavin said on his own performances since joining the club:
Speaking honestly, I think my performances for Arsenal have been average. I’ve done some good things, but I don’t assess my game on goals or assists. I look at the whole picture.
Normally when I’m on the pitch I take control of a game but I haven’t really done that here. I’m an extra tool in the team rather than the main one, so it’s been difficult.
Ideally, I’d like to play closer to a forward.
While at times the Russian has been disappointing, Wenger often defends him by pointing out his statistics where last season he gathered the most assists out of anyone in an Arsenal shirt, including the likes of Nasri and Fabregas. What do you guys think? Does Arshavin still offer what is needed at Arsenal? Feel free to leave a comment below.