Emirates playmaker doesn’t remember the last time he scored a really beautiful goal.
Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin feels he is playing a different style of football from when he first arrived at the Emirates.
The 29-year-old has shown fluctuating form since signing for the Gunners from Zenit St Petersburg for £15million in January last year.
While the Russian international has shown glimpses of pure genius, such as his memorable four-goal feast at Liverpool, he has also displayed a tendency to drift in and out of matches.
Arshavin, who has netted two goals already this Premier League season, feels his play is “more effective” but “less sparkling” than it was when he joined the North London club, and admits he struggles himself to explain his inconsistencies.
“The year and a half in England has significantly changed me,” Arshavin told Russian newspaper Sport-Express.
“I became calmer, more professional and spend more time with my family.
“As for football I can say that my style has also altered – it is more effective, but less sparkling. I don’t remember when was the last time I scored a really beautiful goal.
“It is frustrating. I tried to analyse this, but can find no answers.” (Sky Sports)
Andrei Arshavin is a rare breed of footballer. He really does appear to be very intelligent and able to express his thoughts very eloquently, he also has probably the most amazing website on the planet, however he appears to be doubting his own abilities and that may be worrying for Arsenal fans to hear.
The 29 year old Russian oozes talent and has a great footballing brain and has had a pretty good time at the north London club since his arrival 18 months ago. No doubt he will click into gear again soon enough and will frighten the hell out of opposition defences once again. As for beautiful goals Andrei, see below just some of your gems.