Arshavin and Russia Too Good for Holland

In another great display of attacking football, in which Newcastle target Andrei Arshavin, who said in January he would love to sign for Newcastle United , was again outstanding, Russia were just too good for Holland tonight, and won 3-1 after extra time, in another great game to watch.


Andrei Arshavin – just brilliant – again – for the Russians

On the last two displays of this Russian side, they have to be fancied to even win the tournament, as their skill was there for all to see tonight – again.

They were 1-0 up in the second half, after another fine goal by the gifted Roman Pavlyuchenko after 56 minutes, his 3rd goal in the competition, in a move that Arshavin had initiated.

But Russia only had themselves to blame for being taken into extra time, as they went far too much on the defensive, and with just 4 minutes to go in the game, they allowed Ruud Van Nistelrooy to score an equalizer the Dutch hardly deserved.

But then in the second period of extra time it was Russia’s skill that paid off as Arshavan again displayed pure magic.

On the left wing, with just 8 minutes to go, he somehow managed to get in a tantalizing cross that evaded Van Der Sar, and substitute Torbinski, tapped the ball home nicely.

And just to show that wasn’t a fluke, Arshavin himself went through to score Russia’s 3rd and decisive goal after 116 minutes.

He brilliantly moved past the tired Holland defenders, who had been given the runaround for most of the game, and shot the ball past Edwin Van Der Sar.

The Holland and Manchester United goalkeeper had been Holland’s best player, as he had saved his country with 3 excellent saves in the first half alone.

But it was a deserved win by this Russian side, and coach Guus Hiddink can be very proud of his great accomplishments over the last two years – what a coach.

The commentators on the ABC channel in the US, kept mentioning that big clubs in Europe were after Arshavin, but they only mentioned one by actual name – Arsenal.

It’s hard to see how Newcastle can still be successful in attracting Arshavin to Tyneside, but miracles are still possible, especially when Kevin Keegan is now back at the club.

If we are ever to get back into the top four in the Premier League, then some miracles will be needed, and sooner rather than later.   😀

Comments welcome.

58 comments so far

  • ZidaneMan

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #1

    We might still have a chance of getting him. You never know! If Arsenal are after him, then I think he will get more first team football elsewhere. But his price will be quite high now. Come on MA get your cheque book out!!!!

  • rutehh8

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #2

    We’ll never be able to get him. 🙁

  • kelvin

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #3

    we should have got him before the euros, all we can do now is regret. once again we’ve lost out because we’re too slow.

  • Snoop

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #4

    When was the last time Arsenal signed a 27 year old?

  • IrishMan

    Jun 21, 2008 at 10:59 PM

    Comment #5

    MA, offer 25 M for Arshavin and 15 M for Arda, and then put your cheque book back in your ass pocket and bring in some of our own youngsters. With these two, Martins, Owen, and Beye, the electricity will rub off everybody else. What a season it could be……. (I know, it’s good to dream).

  • tapir

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #6

    if we cant get him so do other team!
    Come on Zenit, u need Mr arshavin for the CL this seaso, tie him faster!
    and try buy MR Wise from us, he is very good at spotting without action!
    The Sun reported yesterday that Zenit forward Andrej Arshavin is a target for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Arshavin could snub a move to London because of his current life in Russia.

    He has been with Zenit for the last eight years and he is the number one footballer in Russia. He earns about £ 3.5 million a year and the club he play for is owned by Gazprom.

    Russian football is in heavy progress and the impressive display by the national team in Euro 2008 could make them a great force in the years to come. The fact that only one player in the Russian squad play in a foreign league makes it easy to understand that life is ok in Russian football.

  • Hadrian

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #7

    ive heard he’s got a get-out clause of 10million .
    nyways, no chance of landing the lad now , shame as he’s got pedro’s shimmy on him .

  • Aussie Dave

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #8

    its now time for the Freddy Shepherd approach to transfers. Wait for everyone else to bid for Arshavin, then come in a the last minute and bid 10m more than everyone else.

    Oh also offer him the same wages we pay owen.

    We will certainly be in with a shot of getting him then.

    Forget him any other way.

  • Andy1

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #9

    I heard about a get-out clause too.

    Might as well bang the offer on the table – you never know!

  • Greg

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #10

    it’s over for us 🙁
    the whole f’g world saw he was brilliant!

    if they do sign him, i’m the 1st one to order a shirt online 🙂


  • IrishMan

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Interesting insight tapir – thanks.

  • Daniel

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Why didnt we sign him in January? Word is Milan are after him, and I can see him at Man U if Ronaldo goes or Chelsea if Lampard does one (Ruskie connection and all that) sadly the SS arshavin has sailed from Tynemouth never to return i think

    Still a joy to watch though

  • Pete

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #13

    No chance, he’s just too good. We’ve obviously missed out

  • Daniel

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #14

    A scrum is breaking out between Europe’s top clubs trying to sign Russian revelation Andrei Arshavin, but Milan are leading.

    Although he missed the first two games of Euro 2008 due to a ban, Arshavin has made a major impact on the competition already.

    “The only player unexpected to hit these heights was the Russian, Arshavin,” said Rossoneri boss Carlo Ancelotti in the Gazzetta dello Sport.

    Milan’s interest is set to intensify further after his Coach at UEFA Cup winners Zenit spoke of his talents.

    “He is a player of exceptional opportunism,” explained Advocaat on

    “He is the classic man you don’t see for 50 minutes, but when you do spot him the ball is already in the back of the net.

    “There are few out there with these characteristics. Sometimes you sit on the bench and think, ‘I really should substitute him,’ but at the end of the day you don’t because you know full well he can decide a match in a split second.”

    The description is reminiscent of Milan veteran Pippo Inzaghi, who is looking for an heir to his throne at San Siro.

    “I know Arshavin is interested in a move abroad and that would not be good news for us,” continued Advocaat.

    “I hope he stays, but in all honesty I get the feeling if he has the right opportunity then he’ll leave us very soon.”

    To fuel the speculation further, Ancelotti was in the stands for Russia’s match against Sweden and, as the negotiations for Emmanuel Adebayor hit more hurdles between Arsenal and Barcelona, a swift turn towards Russia might be beneficial.

  • tonygreenthetannerballmagician

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #15

    If Spurs paid £16 Million for Modric, then what value on Arshavin, who was outstanding tonight and ran the show.Every man and his dog will be after him, but if we offer BARTON in part exchange that might swing it!!

  • Dev

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Arshavin was top drawer tonight but so werea lot of the Russians to be fair. But van Bastens tactics were shocking!! The Dutch full backs constantly pushed too far up and then he takes of his only defensive midfielder which was Engelaar tonight and replaced him with another attacker so with 25 minsleft of the 2nd half he had switched to playing four attacking midfielders and 2 strikers leaving the two centre-backs exposed time and time again.

    It could have been 7 for Russia had the ref not missed a blatant penality and the woodwork and van der Sar getting in the way on several occaisions.

    Great extra time performance from Russia though but the first 90 mins Holland’s tactics were very odd.

    Hiddink really gave van Basten a lesson in tactics.

    Against both France and Italy Holland got away lightly as both Henry and Toni were missing chances for fun so it was going to catch up with the Dutch at some point.

    Boularouz was shocking and constantly found himself out of position with striker Dirk Kuyt running back several times to cover for the awol right back who to be fair shouldnt have been on the pitch with Hettinga available and sitting on the bench.

    Arshavin was top quality and so were both Russian fullbacks but for me one of the star performers was CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Andre (Igor for short lol) Akinfeev who’s distribution was outstanding all game long.

  • Daniel

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Its Igor Akinfeev not Andre mate (not that it matters) but the guy looks immense and is still a bairn – gonna have a hell of a future

  • Dev

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #18

    Like has already been said….we are too late for Arshavin.

    Waiting till the Euro’s are over is a stupid policy and even if you do end up getting your targets they cost you twice as much.

    Dennis Wise is a mug and Ashley needs to stop being a tight f**ker.

    We’ll end up with Anthony Gardner at this rate.

  • Spyro

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #19

    Arshavin will cost around 16million now i think

  • Dev

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Igor , andre… only says akinfeev on his shirt lol

  • Spyro

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #21

    really annoyed that our cheap board has cost us yet again, sick of it

  • SwedeEric

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Kelvin, it´s people like you who give us newcastle fans a bad image… Talking about us being to slow? Seriusly, just because media said we were after him doesn´t meen we could have got him just like that…

    It´s not like scouts in other clubs didn´t know about him before these two games…

  • Dev

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #23

    yeah he’s been first choice for moscow for 3 seasons already and he’s still only 21 or something. Didnt have too much to do tonight in terms of saves but his distribution to the fullbacks was first class.

  • Spyro

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #24

    just had a look at a gooner forum, they are going absolutley MAD over arshavin

  • belfast toon

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #25

    what can i say if we have let him slip through we are fu***ng mugs

  • Ross

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #26

    not surprised theyre going mad for him spyro, if he slotted into their midfield they’d be brilliant. he wouldnt just be a replacement, he’d be an improvement.

  • Jim

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #27


    Whoever is spreading the rumours about Newcastle’s transfer targets have a very good eye!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #28

    Good eye? All of those have been well known for a while now, i first heard of Arshavin about 1 and a half years ago.

  • Spyro

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #29

    indeed i have known of Arshavin, Afellay and Modric since i bought FM 2006 lol

  • Spyro

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #30

    and Nasri, Ben Arfa, Menez and Saivet aswell

  • vic

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Zhirkov, Kolodin, Arshavin & Pavlyuchenko able to improve any team including Real Madrid and MU. Sorry guys we lost Arshavin…

  • craig

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #32

    if we dont get arshavin i will cry

  • Merwe

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #33

    This is what scouts are for,finding hot talent thats yet undiscovered.We had the chance to get a gem.Now its too late,his discovered by the whole world shattered we gonna lose out on him…

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #34

    I didnt know him from FM cos i aint even played on it, i just heard him mentioned a few times, then i completely forgot him till we were linked with him.

  • GSfan

    Jun 21, 2008 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #35

    So sorry for going off topic here!

    How would you guys rate Güiza? Just wondering…

  • scotty

    Jun 22, 2008 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #36

    If we sign him i’ve told my pals i’ll walk down the street with wor lass’s knickers on!!!

    That’s how confident i am…..

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 22, 2008 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #37

    Gone to fenerbahce aint he? Good lumbering strker, top scorer in la liga last season, not fast but strong and a great finisher, only really just blossomed at 27.

  • bailey

    Jun 22, 2008 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #38

    Like watching Peter Beardsley. Well almost.

  • GSfan

    Jun 22, 2008 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #39

    Ugh so the rumours have spread that he’s gone to Fenerbahce? Well, there has been no official word from Fenerbahce regarding Güiza and Aragones for a week now! That’s rather strange because they would just slag off the media saying rumours are rubbish. They didn’t do it this time though so I’m assuming the rumours are solid… If he’s good as you describe (cuz Fener needs a good finisher instead of Kezman who just fails at that) then I’m really scared lol. Thanks for the reply tho! I haven’t kept track of him much.

  • figsdad

    Jun 22, 2008 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #40

    why build your hopes up lads we havnt got europe so there is no chance of him signing for us..

    also martins will go to arsenal..


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