Will the real Andrey Arshavin please stand up...

“I am Gooner,” said the youthful looking Russian after signing for the Arsenal in a late, late deal the transfer deadline before last. Of course, that man was Andrey Arshavin, and he went on to be, for a while anyway, a favourite with Gooners thanks to his amazing ability, great goals and cheeky smile. And let’s not forget that he made losing that big African chap to Manchester City all the much easier to swallow, too. “He’s 5’4″…etc, etc, etc.”
Fast forward a year or so and it would appear that the star we captured from Zenit Saint Petersburg is far from his self-proclaimed “I am Gooner” status. It seems that dinky little Andrey has used his time on the treatment table to try his best to alienate Arsenal fans by bleating on about how good it would be to turn out for Barcelona. Or did he?Now the remarks attributed to him have irked the man who brought him to the Premier League in one of the most protracted deals ever seen.
As the Mirror points out this morning, earlier this week the Russian claimed playing for the Spanish outfit at some stage would be “would be the peak of my career”. Now AW has had his say: “Yes, I am very disappointed because he shows a completely different attitude,” he said. “He wants to extend his contract with us and stay with us, so the noise coming out of Russia is very difficult to explain. He looks to be very happy here, so you should ask him where it comes from.”And AW adds in the Sun: “When you are at Arsenal, you are at Arsenal. When you are somewhere else, you are somewhere else. I believe that your pride makes you defend your club. But I take with a little bit of distance what comes back translated sometimes with the help of some agents who want to move the players.”
So someone in Russia is trying to make a few rubles from engineering a move for Arshavin, and his remarks have been lost in translation, or certainly twisted. Fair enough. Shit happens. That’s why Arshavin must come out with a statement declaring his desire to stay with us and committing to a new deal. If not, he can do one. No one player is bigger than the club and if his recent body language in the games that he has played is anything to go by we wouldn’t be missing that much if he did leave. Granted, he is a talent. An exceptional talent. But talent without desire is no good to anyone.
Elsewhere in today’s rags, AW has admitted he needs to strengthen the squad and it seems Marouane Chamakh’s arrival is set to be officially confirmed once the Morocco striker’s contract with Bordeaux expires in the summer. Of his intentions, AW says: “I will try to do what I want to do as quickly as possible, but it does not only depend on me. Certainly, we will announce one player before the World Cup, but after that we will see. I believe in the squad I have and if I can make an addition to the squad – two or three maximum – then we will do it.”
Looking ahead (if we must) to the Blackburn game and it would appear that we will be without Arshavin, who remains a doubt because of a calf problem.
The Mail says Denilson  is also out with a groin injury and Manuel Almunia’s wrist means he is still unavailable. On a positive note, Kieran Gibbs and Johan Djourou are back in training after long injury lay-offs, but are not expected to feature at Ewood Park.

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