Hiddink May Not Play Arshavin Against Sweden

The Daily Mail is reporting that Russian coach Guus Hiddink may not play his captain Andrei Arshavin in tomorrow’s important game against Sweden.


Andrei Arshavin – may not play against Sweden

Hiddink has praised the genius of Andrei Arshavin, but has admitted today he is yet to decide whether to recall his midfield play-maker for Russia’s decisive game with Sweden tomorrow.

The Zenit St Petersburg player was suspended for the first two games of Euro 2008, after he was sent off in Russia’s final qualifier against Andorra.

Although Andrei is available for the last Group D game, it is a lack of match fitness that worries Guus.

Russia has to beat Sweden in Innsbruck tomorrow to advance to the quarter finals, and that will be a difficult feat to accomplish.

Russia coach Hiddink said:

“Arshavin is a footballer who can make something out of nothing. He can score from anywhere. It’s very useful for our team.”

“But the last match he took part in was a friendly against Lithuania on 4th June.”

“Up until then he had not played much, therefore he may not be in condition to play a whole 90 minutes. We will see.”

It looks like Guus is talking there about whether Andrei can last the full game.

But in a winner take all game, you don’t leave your best player on the bench, even if he is short of match practice, and we expect Andrei to be back leading out Russia for tomorrow’s game.

Now that Keegan is returning from his holiday in NY, we are hoping that Andrei is one target he can tie up sooner rather than later – that would be great.  😀

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 17, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #1


  • lee

    Jun 17, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    he should be our no 1 target….. full stop

  • Spyro

    Jun 17, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Everton will probably sign him, he is a good player, but to tell the truth i would rather bilyaletdinov or Zhirkov from the Russian squad due to their age and cheaper price

  • Tom4Nufc

    Jun 17, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Lets hope he doesnt play, so we can get him.

  • ronaldeano

    Jun 17, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #5

    He is probly not playing tonite because he is buisy finalising his transfer to Newcastle! I hope! 🙂

  • craig f

    Jun 17, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry to be pure negative, but i don’t think we will sign anyone of any real quality. And will probably sell our best players.. we are f**ked

  • geordiegraham

    Jun 17, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #7

    chris mort has stepped down as chairman its on skysports

  • Chris_toon

    Jun 17, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    chris mort has finally left newcastle it on ssn now on the breaking news bar at the bottom 🙂

  • Davies

    Jun 17, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Isn’t Zhirkov the lad Tom Toon was saying he’d rather have than Turan?

    I like Arshavin a lot, but I don’t know enough about Zhirkov to say whether he’d be a better buy.

    I may have to pay a visit to youtube to get an incling of these lads’ abilities proper.

  • ALEX, the Israeli toon

    Jun 17, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Pavliechenko would be a good buy, need to improve his ability in front of goal but has a lot of potential.

  • steven1979

    Jun 17, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #11

    arsenal is after ARda , podolski and david silva..
    what’s about us!!

  • Leo

    Jun 17, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #12

    seems like the manager is talking him up too

    no need to because he is a great footballer, i personally would play him but guus is a great manager and i dont think i know better than him

  • Ericles

    Jun 17, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #13

    I like what I have seen of Pavlichenko too.

  • Anthony

    Jun 17, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #14

    better dont play him and knock out of the tournament

    Bilyaletdinov and Zhirkov are no where near as good as Arshavin in term of vision and creative

    Russia isnt the same side without Arshavin, creating very few chances

  • Joe

    Jun 17, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #15

    If I was Arsene I would forget Arshavin and start getting the English boys in! Gonna be difficult to field 6 home growns if he keeps going for foreigners!

  • Marat18

    Jun 17, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #16

    there is no way Arshavin will stay on the bench for this game.

    what was the point to taking him to Euro then?

    he is by far the best our player.
    as for Bilyaletdinov – he is too inconsistent.

  • Marat18

    Jun 17, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #17

    what about Mario Gomez?
    has a poor Euro campaign so far, so then may be we have a chance to get him, but are we really interested now?

  • Obafan

    Jun 17, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #18

    He will play tomorrow, I’m sure of that.

    He should be our top priority for next season, what a player he is.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 17, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #19

    Joe, the 6+5 will never ever come into effect.

  • Spyro

    Jun 17, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Mario Gomez is shocking so far in this tournament, poor first touch, poor positioning, poor composure in front of goal

  • gorskino10

    Jun 17, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #21

    Pavliechenko has been terrible i admit that he looks dangerous but he cant finish for shizz,Gomez is poor too.

    bilyaletdinov or Zhirkov (both looked quite good proberlly Zhirkov looked better but why notget one of em and Asharvin & Arda, thats midfield done.

  • Seymour Butts

    Jun 17, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #22


    any more news from russia about our arshavin bid?

  • Marat18

    Jun 17, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #23


    it’s double-edged weapon.
    had he good games during Euro, then we wouldn’t have any chances of signing him.

    but his club record says for itself.


    Jun 17, 2008 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Lets hope he doesn’t play & he IS tying up his move to toon! then once we announce he’s latest addition to toon he can shine in the euros & big boys will be kicking themselves they didn’t go for him!
    ican see it now, 1st game at old trafford AA slips perfect ball through to owen to notch first of 25 that season! AA weighs in with 15 & we qualify for champions league! god it’s too early to be drinkin! ha ha!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 17, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #25

    craig f – don’t be so positive 😀

  • tapir

    Jun 17, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #26

    KK and Lampard i mean Lambard

    Zhirkov please!!!!!!!!!


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