Arshavin’s Brilliant Display Will Attract Top Clubs


Andrei Arshavin looked a class player last night, as he drove Russia to one of their best ever wins, and thoroughly outclassed Sweden to reach the quarter finals, with an easy 2-0 victory.

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Andrei Arshavin – celebrating after scoring Russia’s second goal

Newcastle had been rumored to have already bid £9M for the Russian, but after last night’s display Newcastle will have tough competition for the excellent Russian play-maker.

Indeed, the while Russian team looked a completely different outfit with Arshavin playing, and the brilliance of coach Guss Hidink was there for all to see, as Russia played beautiful attacking football, in a game they had to win to advance.

In fact the score could have been a  lot worse for Sweden, as Russia missed a few good chances near the end as Sweden had to attack to try to save the game, and Russia caught them on the breakaway.  A draw would have seen Sweden advance.

Guus has now taken Holland, South Korea, Australia and Russia to the play-off rounds of either the World Cup or European Championships. What a record.

Russia’s top striker Roman Pavlyuchenko, who is 26 and plays for Spartak Moscow,  is looking better with every game, and he was awsome last night. At a price of £6M, he would be  steal for any top club. In 136 games for Spartak he’s scored 67 goals.

Roman still doesn’t always play the right ball, but his skill is unbelievable, and he could score a load of goals in the Premier League. Kevin could turn him into an even better player, and that’s saying something.

But other Russian players also looked very good last night, including left back Yuriy Zhirkov, who at just 24 years of age looked an excellent player, and his price would also be very reasonable.

It seems that the Russians have improved their football big time, and there are a lot of good players over there now, that could be bought very cheaply, and their wages wouldn’t need to be too high either.

And if we sold Given to Arsenal young 22 year-old Igor Akinfeev in the Russian goal, who plays for CSKA Moscow, looked very safe, and he will only get better in England.

Newcastle could do worse than bringing in a few of the Russians to Tynesdie, at least they’d think the weather was nice and warm.   😀

Unfortunately Arshavin was so good last night, in fact he was so brilliant last night, that we expect a load of clubs to be pursuing him now.

Arshavin played like Emre, but with a lot more drive and vigor, and he seems a top player.

If he can make that difference to a team like Russia, think what he could do in the heart of Newcastle’s midfield.
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63 comments so far

  • Faustino

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #1

    If that kid hasn’t watched Beardsley videos every night for the last ten years I’d be surprised. So similar in style and size. His goal was almost a carbon copy of a pedro effort the way he leaned back into it.

    Our big hope is that we are well into signing him and it will be too late for other clubs to get it sorted before tomorrow. I would throw an extra 10 million at this to push it through. Essential player.

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  • The Entertainers

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #2

    If its true we only have until Friday to sign him, i firmly believe that St Petersburg themselves are our biggest rivals.

    They can offer him everything we can and more. The only thing we have to offer him is the PL itself and the exposure.

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  • Faustino

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #3

    As another point did anyone else think that the Russian side pretty much looked young enough to be a U18 youth team yet still tore apart a very experienced Swedish midfield and defense! Scary.

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  • broon ale

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #4

    i agree. but now i give up. i give up on speculation.

    i will celebrate when i see new players in a black and white shirt.

    its guarenteed to happen…

    we will get players.

    we just dont know which ones.

    i just hope denis wise earns his corn

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    broon ale – I have to agree with you – we need to wait and see who we can get – but what’s certain is there’s an awful lot of great players out there that could lift Newcastle next season under Keegan.

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  • HeronMag

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #6

    broon ale – I’m with you mate. I’m tired of endless names and speculation.

    I want to see KK on the pitch beside 7 players all holding up their black and white shirts with their new squad numbers.

    Until then, I believe nothing.

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  • Marat18

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #7

    in fact Zhirkov isn’t LB, he is a winger, but Russia are short of wingbacks, so he plays there, that’s why he is so good in attack but poor in defence.

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  • ChrisL

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #8

    I’d be well happy to sign a few of the Russian team together.

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  • ChrisL

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Anyone in the Croatia team to get excited about? They seem to have slipped under the radar somewhat.

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  • Hammy

    Jun 19, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #10

    If there is any truth in Adebayor going to Spain, Wenger is going to have 25m to spend if Adebayor stays Wenger is going to have a very tight budget as they are up to their eyes in debt,
    a lot of the top teams already have top quality squads so are these Arshavin types gonna get a game? they will if they sign for us……

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  • Hammy

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Did anybody else see Wise in the crowd at the Russia v Sweden game?

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  • James

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #12

    Hammy – It means he will be bid for Martins

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  • Ross

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #13

    no hammy, was wise there or is that just a wind up?

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  • Davy C

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #14

    Unfortunately this quote from Phil McNulty on the BBC website just about sums it up.

    “Newcastle is hardly a mouth-watering prospect. Arshavin will not earn that much more money in the current round of belt-tightening at St James’ Park and why should he entertain a club that cannot even offer him European football next season?

    Nope. I would imagine he would be happy to give Everton and the Toon Army the swerve, even if they somehow conjured up enough cash to even be granted an audience with him.”

    I hope he’s wrong though!!!!

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  • Ally

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #15

    The main transfer activity will come at the end of the euros, lets just hope all of the players we have been linked with, the Turans, Arshavins etc will not catch the eye of teams offering CL football

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  • cg

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Hammy: I did not, however my head was mostly buried in my hands – which most swedes were I suppose.

    I did think I saw him at the Holland game though but turned out it was not as they zoomed in on the guy again later on. I’m guessing you, like me – see what we would want to see 🙂

    The starvation of aquiring new players has led to severe hallucinations. 🙁

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  • Matty

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Arshavin played cracking last night and I knew of him previous as being a good player – but so did many.

    Clubs such as Man U, Arsenal etc do not buy a player off his performance in one game however, all that one good televised perfornace does it heaps the price up for those originally chasing him thanks to the media linking him with all the fancy clubs.

    Also comparing him with Emre is not exactly the best thing to do – given how great of a player Emre was before he came to us that soon changed, I do not want to see the same happen to Arshavin at Newcastle.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Wenger wont go for Martins, Arsenal will be aiming higher

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  • Gateshead Mag.

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #19

    There’s alot of players we’ve been linked with. I hope we aren’t let down like usual.

    Howay the lads.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #20

    guys we could already have arshavin but our cheap owner wouldnt fork up no cash in january

    CHEAP

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  • Ross

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #21

    to be fair spyro fat sam was ready to sign him but was then given the sack, i doubt that helped proceedings.
    ashley was gonna give him the money was he not, it was just the poorly timed dismissal that meant it was never going to happen?
    (i could be totally wrong obviously)

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  • James

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Spyro – wrong there : Fat Sam said he didn’t want Arshavin and that he wanted Nolan instead.

    A week later he was sacked – got this from someone inside SJP

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  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Matty – I don’t think we’d spoil Arshavin – not with Kevin here.

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  • broon ale

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #24

    james. who is the insider? someone on the burger stand?

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  • Spyro

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #25

    ok well if that is the case guys then i apologise for my outburst lol

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  • Ross

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #26

    haha ok apparently i was wrong aswell, apologies spyro!

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  • k-man

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #27

    I’d take just about every player on the russian team to Newcastle. They played awsome yesterday, and especially Arshavin and Zhirkov looked world class. But as I said, just abouth every player on the russian team would improve Newcaste.

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  • James

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #28

    broon ale – no….it was the window cleaner

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  • Spyro

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #29

    although if ashley doesn’t spend this summer i am going to turn on him, simple as that

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  • stk

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #30

    seriously need to be pushing this one through, he’s top class and would thrive in a keegan team

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  • Punk Skunk

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #31

    I’m with broonale & heron mag, wake me up when we’ve signed someone!..
    …ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!..

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  • Ross

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #32

    if we dont get arshevin or arda, they’ll have to stay in russia or turkey respectively or i’ll be raging with whatever english clubs get them. haha
    whether theres truth in the rumours or not i’d hate to see them lining up against us.

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  • Spyro

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #33

    arda wont happen now i dont think

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  • James

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #34

    Here’s what I reckon the situation is with both Arshavin and Turan :

    Arshavin : has agreed in principle to join Newcastle only if a bigger club doesn’t make an offer before tomorrow. Fee has already been agreed with his club before last nights game (legally they cannot hike the price up to us, just other clubs).

    Turan : Publicly stated he would like to play for Newcastle, and would be willing to speak to us if we met his club’s demands (now £16 million).

    As much as people harp on about Wise and Ashley, there’s not much else they could have done on either deal…unless they OVERSPENT to secure the players which is what got us in a financial mess before.

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  • Ross

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #35

    james, i can see where you’re coming from, but i’d hate to think arshavin has agreed to join us as long as a better football club doesnt come along before the deadline. its like him saying
    “fine, i’ll play for you, but everton or spurs come along and im running”
    with wises reply of
    “yes mr arshavin sir”
    i hope if any player even hinted at that we’d have the sense to tell them where to get off, not the type of attitude we want at sjp. these players have to be aching to get the black and white on next season.

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  • James

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Ross – I meant a Champions League team

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  • Ross

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #37

    fair enough james, i added to my previous comment so that basically explains how i’d feel about any player talking about any other team regardless

    dont get me wrong though, i’d absolute love to be able to sit here confidently thinking we’d already wrapped arshavin up, i’d just like to also be safe in the knowledge he wants to be with us

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  • Ryan

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #38

    To be honest lads, we can’t compete with the likes of Everton,Villa,Pompey,City and Spurs, first and foremost because thay all have european football to offer, something the modern player craves. Yes we can offer the stadium, the passion, the city etc etc, but no more are we considered of the elite in britain. Two consecutive bottom half of the table finishes is hardly mouth watering for anyone, and although people will say we recoverd significantly under Keegan, we only won 4 out of 19 games. I know the standard of play obviously rose but the teams that we beat were of lesser quality than ourselves. The one exception was Spurs, which I have to say we stuffed. Don’t think I am a killjoy, because just like you I am eagerly anticipating 08/09, and I am moving my season ticket from the Gallowgate to the new singing section.
    We need to spend, I thouroghly agree, but who on? Maybe we could do an everton and buy from the lower leagues and build a team of strength and flair? To be honest, I dont mind as long as we are soon back were we belong, in europe.
    Howay the Lads

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  • Harry

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #39

    ‘Arshavin’ sounds a bit Scouser, we’d have to rename him ‘Worshavin’ if he came to Tyneside ;-D

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  • Obafan

    Jun 19, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #40

    PLS PLS PLS Arshavin must be a NUFC player next season, if not I will be really gutted and there is no other transfer that can make me so happy as the announcement of he coming to the Toon. Even if Ronaldinho was presented in a black n white. Arshavin is pure class, no doubt about it!!!!

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