After goalless draws against West Ham and Tottenham, it’s clear that the Gunners have been lacking a spark this season. When Thierry Henry was at the club and bang in form, they could rely on the Frenchman to conjure a chance out of nothing, although the same doesn’t apply to most of Arsenal’s attacking players at the moment.
This is hopefully where Andrei Arshavin will come in, perhaps Monday’s match against Cardiff City will illustrate why Arsene Wenger has pursued the Russian playmaker so relentlessly. Sky Sports reports that Guus Hiddink has been full of praise for the 27-year-old, describing him as someone who can make the difference between drawing and winning a football match.
“We talked about Arshavin, what he’s like as a player, as a person,” he added.
“Arsenal’s playing style, a short-passing, fast game, will suit Arshavin.
“He is what you call a game breaker, he can decide the outcome of any match.
“I would say those qualities, along with being a very smart and mentally tough player, have convinced Arsene Wenger to sign him.”
Chelsea still have to visit Arsenal this season, so perhaps Arshavin will get one over his international coach. Hiddink will also take his new club side to Tottenham, where Roman Pavlyuchenko is likely to line up against them. The Gunners’ new signing has arrived with a glowing recommendation, although are supporters still anxious that he won’t make the required impact for the team?