Many Gooners felt that Alexander Hleb didn't bring much to Arsenal. I disagree with that.
In my opinion he was a fantastic player with the ability to hold the ball better than anyone else in the Arsenal squad. This created space and allowed Cesc Fabregas more room to weave his magic.
Arshavin is similar to Hleb in his ability to glide past players and hold the ball up. The only difference is that Arshavin will actually attempt to shoot.
Many said that Hleb was a good player but with no end product, well Andrei Arshavin certainly has that. His vision to spot a pass and his shooting range will endear him to Gooners.
That's why I believe Arshavin is like Hleb, but with bollocks.
Hleb was outstanding in his last season with Arsenal. I felt the way he left was disappointing but Arshavin can do the job Hleb did, but even better.
The signing is a welcome boost to the squad and one player in particular, Cesc Fabregas. As I mentioned Fabregas benefited from Hleb last season. He will benefit from Arshavin too.
I'm not expecting miracles from Arshavin, especially straight away. He isn't match-fit and needs time to adapt to Arsenal and the rigours of the English Premiership.
Having said that, I think he will adapt quicker than we think though. I know the Russian league isn't at the same standard as the Premiership but he is quality, proven by his performances for Russia.
Keep it Goonerish..........