REVEALED: Arshavin's showbiz ambitions...

At last it can be revealed why Andrey Arshavin has been struggling to find the form he has shown in the past…he’s got one eye on a showbiz career. Well, that MIGHT be the reason. For ages now we’ve said the little Ruskie’s body language has not been right and his workrate seems to be in question and now we have a hint of an explanation from his personal website.
See this passage: Hi, Andrey! I have read your book “555 Questions and Answers” and watched the DVD included into the book. I liked it a lot. Don’t you want to try show business after your football career is over?
Arshavin: And why only after? If it doesn’t interfere with football, one can combine both ;)) Are you a producer of some popular show? Make your proposition and it will be considered :))).
Combine both? Er, how about sticking to delivering for the fans who pay your wages? Having said all that I suppose you could argue that it is all said very much tongue in cheek. Who knows? It’d be easier to take if he had inspired us to silverware this season I suppose. Then again we can’t blame him alone.
On to the papers and Bacary Sagna is very much rallying the troops this morning with an exclusive interview with the Daily Mirror. Well, rallying the fans as well I suppose. The France defender talks about how we are slowly but surely learning to win ugly but I am not convinced we are any stronger in this area than, say, last season. Our capitulation as the season headed towards its climax provides evidence enough that we didn’t have stomach for the fight, I believe.
Sagna told the red top:  “As a team we can always be better and we be will next year. But its not always about money. Money is not everything. You can buy any one player in the world but, if the opponent wants it more than you, then you can still lose.
“Manchester City have spent more than us, but today we are third and they are fifth. It’s about hunger and desire and how much you want it. We all still want it. As a player of course it hurts to hear the criticism because when you are close to winning something and you don’t it’s a real disappointment.
“But we have to keep playing. We have one more game to show everyone that we are committed and focused. Slowly but surely we are learning how to win ugly. We know there have been many games this season where we have led, yet conceded easy goals. But we will learn from that and we continue to trust in the manager. I can understand how the fans feel because as a fan you always win to win something. Everyone understands them. But I can only tell them that we are very close.”
The Telegraph reckons AW has around £35m to spend on new players and they carry quotes from him suggesting he will not be snapping up bundles of untried talent, rather looking at experienced footballers.
“If we bring some players in then they have to be experienced,” he said. “I think we have been in the race this year with the team we had. We will be stronger next year just with the internal improvement and with the experience these players will have. The additions will be minimal but if there are some they have to be really top class.” Looking ahead to Sunday’s last remaining Premier League game at home to Fulham, the Mail says we will start with a two-pronged attack with RVP and AA gunning to get us the point we need to secure thirs spot and thus avoid the CL qualifiers.
He said:  ‘Andrey Arshavin should be okay and should be capable to start against Fulham, Robin van Persie too. We have the same players available [from Blackburn]. The only good news is that we may have Gael Clichy back.’

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