Andrey Arshavin admits that Arsenal losing Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas has been catastrophic for the club. However he admits that the signing of Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun have gone some way to helping them over their loss.
“At the moment, losing Fabregas and Nasri is a catastrophe,” the forward told Russian newspaper Sport.
“Watching the Udinese match I said to [Nicklas] Bendtner that now we have no-one so comfortable with passing the ball to Robin van Persie or who ideally utilises the qualities of the other forwards.
“He smiled and replied, ‘Yes, the only player who could properly replace Cesc is probably Xavi’.’ I’m very glad that I was able to play in the same team as Fabregas – he is a truly class footballer.”
But the 30-year-old Russian captain was pleased with Wenger’s transfer business in the end.
“When people say no-one is irreplaceable I don’t agree. With [Mikel] Arteta or whoever replaces those who have left, we will play different football, not as we played with Cesc and Samir,” he said.
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“Arteta and Benayoun have long proved themselves in the Premier League, they’re not bad signings. And we needed strengthening in those positions.
“Perhaps another holding midfielder wouldn’t hurt and, as far as I know, we were trying till the last minute to get [Rennes midfielder Yann] M’Vila, but unfortunately we weren’t able to buy him,” he added.
“Judging by the quantity and quality of our signings, Arsenal’s football will soon undergo some changes.”
Arshavin’s hit the nail on the head really, it’s what we have all been thinking all summer. It’s been a huge blow loosing Nasri and Fabregas, the loss of Nasri came at a bit of a surprise as many had thought that he would resign after such a promising campaign last season. But the signing of some established quality has lessened the blow so to speak, however they will change the way we play, maybe make us more direct and hopefully pull the trigger more, which is something that is starting to trouble us. Arteta will hopefully link up well with Van Persie, just as Fabregas did, as you can see that we lacked that final ball in the opening games this season.
What are your thoughts? Are you disappointed in Arshavin’s sadness? Or do you think he’s speaking the minds of many of us?