Ex-Arsenal and Zenit Saint Petersburg playmaker Andrei Arshavin has stated that new Paris Saint Germain (PSG) signing Lionel Messi is the best player in the world. He made this known during an interview with the official website of European football's governing body, UEFA. According to Andrei Arshavin, Messi is also the best player in the whole history of football.
Arsenal are one of the club's that signed more than four players this summer transfer window and even though they splashed the cash to sign as many as five new faces Thai summer, their former player, Andre Arshavin has revealed that he is not satisfied with the signings that the Gunners made.
The north London club signed at least a player for almost every department and position in the squad in a bid to continue their rebuild of the team under manager Mikel Arteta. After already completing deals for goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, defenders Ben White and Nuno Tavares from Brighton and Hove Albion and Benfica respectively, they also signed midfielder Sambi Lokonga.
Of the top clubs in the English Premier League, Arsenal are the ones who have been graded as the least likely to win the league tutor this season and that's not because they don't have players that can help them do so but because a lot of people believe that those players are not quite ready yet.
The Gunners are currently going under some big restructuring following their latest transfer businesses as manager Mikel Arteta has revealed that he is reason to bank majorly on young players and will only have senior players in the team just so he can mix youth with experience. Arteta is reportedly fed up with the senior players at the club who have gone terribly out of form so much that they were beginning to affect the team's performances.
Even though it continues to be a difficult and frustrating summer transfer window for English Premier League club Arsenal, their former player Andrei Arshavin has urged them to make as many as 5 different signings if they are to prove that they are ready to climb back up the ladder of success. It's no longer news that the Gunners have had a share of ill luck in the last couple of years and have not been getting the best of results not just on the pitch, but off it, including the transfer windows.
The quest for Premier League club Arsenal to start signing a couple of players is still on but the Gunners do have a huge challenge in their attempt to attract the kind of players they really want to sign. While the London club have continued to scout the transfer market for such players, they will likely not be seen as a fascinating destination by players because they currently cannot offer European football.
Since the departure of former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger from the club, they have struggled to meet the standards that the former French manager set at the club. During his tenure, Gunners fans used to lament and criticize him because he was mostly making a top-four finish every season and was not actively challenging for the Premier League and Champions League titles.
The fans decided that they were tired and staged a protest that they wanted him out of the club as they used the #WengerOut hashtag. He came under intense pressure and then decided to leave the club, bending to the demands of the fans and the club's board. After Wenger left Arsenal, the quest to find a perfect replacement began. The hunt brought Unai Emery to their path and he was announced as the club's new manager in charge.
Russian football icon Andrei Arshavin has namedthe toughest opponents he faced during his successful football career. He was asked about his toughest opponents in an exclusive interview with 888Sport. According to him, the Manchester United central defensive duo of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic are his toughest opponents.
Andrei Arshavin was a Premier League player for four years between 2009 and 2013 in the colours of the Gunners and he came up against Vidic and Ferdinand. The centre back partnership between Ferdinand and Vidic was impenetrable according to Andrei Arshavin.
Fans of Arsenal Football Club may not have fond memories about a firmer player if their club in the person of Andrei Arshavin, but the Russian was steadily making headlines during his time at the Emirates for both positive and negative reasons. The former striker left the Gunners after seeing his stock drop so low while also losing his form. He also struggled for fitness and game time at the tail-end of his Gunners career.
For a player who was signed by Arsene Wenger from the Russian football league, Arshavin arrived at Arsenal and made an impact after the first few games he played for the club. He almost immediately wrote his name on the heart of Arsenal fans with some wonderful performances on the pitch and his comportment off it. He became such a popular figure at the club and amongst the fans because he was also an outgoing personality.
Arsenal fans were shown a glimpse of what's to come at the 2008 European Championships when Andrei Arshavin dazzled as Russia reached the semi-finals of the competition. The Gunners made a big coup by signing Andrei Arshavin from Russian Premier League giants Zenit St. Peters burg at the end of the European Championships in 2008 in what was a record fee for the Gunners as at then.
It was reported that Arsenal paid around £15m to secure his signature and he made a slower start than expected by the fans. Andrei Arshavin didn't pick up until the winter term and the ex-Russian national team skipper took his form to a new level in the new year (2009). His best game for Arsenal was undoubtedly the eight-goal thriller shared by hosts Liverpool and Arsenal in April 2009. Andrei Arshavin scored all the four Arsenal goals as he was able to put a big dent on the title challenge of Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and his players.
Former Arsenal player Andrei Arshavin has joined a long list of people who have criticised German international playmaker Mesut Özil for his style of play. Özil has sparked divisions among fans and pundits in recent months following his activities on the pitch (when he played) and off it.
Despite the technical ability he possesses to individually dictate a football game when the midfielder is out of form, it is always so glaring as he becomes a frustrated figure on the pitch much to the annoyance of fans and past players who have turned pundits.