He was brought in to revitalize Arsenal’s scoring drought in Janaury, but so far Arsenal’s big signing is having a lot of trouble getting used to the Premier League. He wants everyone to know that it’s going to take time for him to get used to the culture and the new fitness level. Does Arsene have that luxury?
‘I am not physically strong enough yet to play the whole of the match. But I think with each coming game I play it will be easier in this sense.’
…’We do not fully understand each other yet. At Zenit the players knew where to run after passing me the ball to get it back. At Arsenal we’ll have to work quite a lot to achieve such an understanding.
‘In the first games for Arsenal, I am trying to simplify the way I play so as not to make too many mistakes.
‘I need to get used to the new kind of football and to my new team mates before I begin playing my usual way.’ (Daily Mail)
With Arsenal currently sitting six points back of Aston Villa in fifth, Arsene Wenger would probably agree that he doesn’t have the time to wait on Andrei Arshavin. Whilst he knew coming in that it would take his new signing some time to get used to the system, he was hoping it wouldn’t take him too long.
How long do Arsenal supporters expect it will take before Arshavin gets his feet under him?