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.
Andrei Arshavin – celebrating after scoring Russia’s second goal
Newcastle had been rumored to have already bid Â£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 aÂ 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.Â 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, Â is looking better with every game, and he was awsome last night. At a price of Â£6M, he would beÂ 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.Â Â 😀
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.