I think it could be fair to say that Andrey Arshavin isn't in the best of form at the moment but while this maybe the case I don't think we should get on his back for it.
Seeing his little red face puffing away breathlessly after 30 seconds of the match may frustrate you, as may his 'not bothered' demeanor, but the truth is the little Russian has been an unsung hero for Arsenal this campaign.
He may not hit the heights we know he is capable of all the time. But who could? We expect so much from Arshavin, maybe too much but the truth is Andrey is one of the most important players in this Arsenal squad.
It's obvious that he is not playing at the top of his game but he is a player who the opposition fear because he is unpredictable, a massive advantage for Arsenal.
I've seen people have a pop at the way he acts and his lack of form, some even say that he is selfish and doesn't care for the good of the team. I disagree.
Andrey Arshavin played a long time completely out of position, with an injury I might add, for the team. Did he moan? No, he got on with it. Does that sound like a selfish person?
I think at the moment we need to get behind everyone of our players. We are on the verge of something truly special this season and the more support, the better.
Arshavin needs our backing. He doesn't need any grief. Yes, he is off-form but he has done a lot for our club since signing last season.
The squad, and most of its players, are hitting form at the right time. Andrey Arshavin will turn his form around. Imagine when he does!
Remember, form is temporary, class is permanent. Arshavin is pure class and he is an Arsenal player. And I'm glad of that.
Keep it Goonerish.......