In the three games Andrey Arshavin has played for Arsenal he has been blowing out of his arse after about ten minutes of play!
That is hardly surprising though. The Premiership is a tough league to play in and he hadn't played for a long time until finally making his Arsenal debut against Sunderland.
Despite his lack of fitness I've been very impressed by him. You can tell when a player has class and Arshavin has class in abundance.
He sees the play before it evolves and seems to know what is going to happen next. This intelligence reminds me of an Arsenal legend; Dennis Bergkamp.
I think Arsenal have missed Dennis Bergkamp more than any of the dismantled invincible side. Everyone looked up to him and he was adored by Gooners.
Many have compared Robin van Persie to Dennis Bergkamp, I can see why. Both Dutch and world-class forwards who play(ed) for Arsenal but I think they are different types of player.
Bergkamp was more of a link-man than van Persie is and that is the comparison I see with Andrey Arshavin. In my view Arsenal will benefit more with him linking midfield and attack.
I believe that is where Arshavin will play for Arsenal long-term, in the hole behind the attack.
At the moment it is about Arshavin adapting to his new surroundings and to the Premier League. We will see the best of him next season.
I can't wait to see him next season with us. He will have been with us for six months, adapted fully and will have a pre-season under his belt.
Arshavin will be a special player for Arsenal; next season.
Keep it Goonerish...........