One’s putting on a new shirt in a totally different language; the other is slipping back into the same kit he wore less than a year ago. Whilst Robbie Keane and Andrei Arshavin don’t have anything in common, both were considered to be the biggest transfer signings of the January window.
Nobody in their right mind expected Liverpool to move Keane on the final day of the window with a title challenge staring them in the face. But against everyone’s opinion, Rafa Benitez made the move anyway, all the while claiming that the move was a real gamble. Whether the move pays off in the form of a league title remains to be seen.
Arshavin, on the other hand, seemed destined to stay at Zenit St Petersburg forever. His club could never come to financial agreements, then it was Arshavin that couldn’t agree with Arsenal on a contract, followed closely by Arsenal claiming that they had made a deal (with Zenit claiming the move wasn’t going to happen until the summer). Whew! In the end it was all paper talk, and Arshavin is the one grinning all the way with his new number 23 kit.
While both transfer stories made for an intriguing final day, we want to know which one was the bigger shock?