Wenger Casts Doubt On Arshavin Stamina

Setanta Sports is reporting that Arsene Wenger has cast serious doubts over whether Arsenal will in fact compete for Zenit St Petersburg’s Andrei Arshavin this summer.


Andrei Arshavin – Arsenal manager casts doubts on his stamina

The Russian play-maker played extremely well in the Euro 2008 matches against Sweden and Holland, there’s no doubt about that. Those games were played on 18th and 21st June respectively.

But then in his third game against Spain in the semi-final on 26th June, he looked tired and was never in the game as Spain easily defeated Russia, for the second time in the tournament.

That was 3 games Arshavin played in a short 9 days. He had missed Russia’s first two games because of suspension, so he was fresh when he did play his first game against Sweden.

But Arsene Wenger has questioned his performance against Spain, in which the Russian was invisible, and questions whether Arshavin would be up to playing two games a week in Spain or England.

Barcelona, which his preferred destination, are said to be leading the race for Andrei, but it looks like Arsenal have significantly cooled their interest in the player.

The Arsenal manager was at a media conference organized by Euro 2008 tournament sponsors Castrol, and Wenger was asked how he would assess Arshavin:

“That Arshavin is a top-level talent is beyond doubt,”

“The only issue is related to the fact that the leading leagues in the world mean you must be at the highest level of physical readiness throughout the season.”

“Can he show his full potential every three days that happens every season the same in England and Spain?”

“In the semi-final meeting with the Spaniards, in which Arshavin looked to be exhausted, has forced me to ask this question.”

Wenger in one of the best in the world (if not the best) at recognizing and developing football talent, so we’re sure some clubs will take notice of what Arsene says.

Maybe if Arshavin had played in the first two games, he wouldn’t have looked so good in the quarter finals and Russia may not have fared so well.

We’ll have to see if Barcelona still maintain their interest in the player, although we understand they have only bid £10M for the Russian, and his club rate him at £20M.

But the hype of the Euro 2008 Championships will begin to tail off, and maybe his price will come down, along with the hype.

Newcastle United, of course, were interested in the Russian way before the Euro 2008 tournament, but the player is now out of reach of the club  ….  perhaps.

Comments welcome.

92 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #1

    Whoever pays close to £20mil for Arshavin needs their head checking and subsequently embalming.

  • ToonKing

    Jun 30, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #2

    Whinger is just cheap, he doesn’t want to pay the money asked for him. not that i want Arshavin to play for Arsenal.

  • euanpolo

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Hopefully Zenit will realise that no one is going to pay £20m for Arshavin. He isn’t worth any more than £15m.

  • Sue

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #4

    ToonKing get a life if Arsene doesn’t reckon Arshavin can cut it in the Prem then that’s OK by me.

  • Petworth (DC) Mag

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Alright fellow optimists? Been away for a few weeks and was really hoping to come back to the news of a couple of signings but it seems we’re exactly where we were when I left 🙁

    Anyone got any news on Azza? (Aaron Spears) or Turan?

    I see Bolton paid 10M for Elamader (sp?), any other signings worth mentioning?

  • normski1930z

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #6

    if am honest arshavin isnt worth more than about 12mil bcos when things arnt going well in games frustation seems to set in and he just trys to do everything himself just look at the spain game marcos senna put him in his pocket…..

  • Swepalle

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #7

    what are Jimenez doing in DUBIA any one …..? New Owners ?

  • Hadrian

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Beachfront appartments .

  • catawbamag

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #9

    I thought toooooon fan said he saw Arshavin and Keegan having Peking Duck at a chinese restaurant in Newcastle.
    Wenger is spouting sour grapes for obviously being snubbed by the Russian.

  • kelvin

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #10

    speaking of senna, i’ve been really impressed with him through the whole tournament, people probably tend to overlook him as he is playing DM but he performed so consistently for every game. i don’t think we have a chance to get arshavin anymore but he’s certainly not worth 20 million. i’m not surprised barcelona have only put in 10 million, the player wants to come so they can afford to be a bit cheap.

  • shearer 4 pm

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #11

    this is exactually where im coming from

    the lad has two gud games and hes suddenly in the team of the tournament ahead of villa and podolski,

    he was suspended for the 1st 2 matches and played crap againest spain, the lad is worth 10mil tops, did have a gud domestic season, but how gud is the russian league……..exactly nearly as bad as man city 19m for jo 🙂

    top chelsea story: deco for 8mil

    top nufc story: barton for jail

    gotta love the tooooooooon

  • ToonKing

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #12

    yeah Sue cause Wenger has seen so many russian players at Arsenal, or in the Premiership for that matter. He never pays big money we all know that. Arshavin would fit like a glove for Arsenal.

  • joeys bumboy

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #13

    PERHAPS, stonewall no chance,Arshavin ambitious not stupid,stick to mediocrity .Arsenes not going to sign him because hes not good enough for Arsenal , but hes still to good for you lot.

  • steve

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m inclined to agree with Wenger – he def won’t manage high octane premiership football twice a week, he looked absolutely f*d against Spain.

    I’d take a punt at 10 million but nowt more, he is 27 after all, hardly a young lad, couple of years and his pace will be gone along with his value.

  • mo

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Danniel De Ridder has just been released by brum so he’s a free agent. Could be worth a shot to provide competition for the wings. He’s relatively young (24) and probaly wouldn’t want much in wages plus he’s free. Alex McLeish said “I said to Danny a while back that I felt if we were more of a passing team, I may think about him more” and after releasing him he said “He is a good talent in terms of his ability but we are looking for something else, a different type of player.” Just not suited for long ball.

  • mikeygd

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #16

    he’s just trying to verbally get the clubs valuation of the player lowered and rightly so because he isn’t worth 20million.

  • Seymour Butts

    Jun 30, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #17

    well this is kind of irrelevant as barcelona are already speaking to him.

  • ObaFan2

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #18

    Ashavin in his last game was as bad as Ballack was in his last 2 games for Germany…… so Whiner should say the same about Ballack but we know he(Ballack) is good in the EPL…. we’ve seen it!

    Anyway… waste of time he’s not gonna be at SJP next season.

  • TalkingHead

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #19

    I read in the Telegraph that he has a release clause of £10m in his contract with Zenit.

  • KOKO

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #20

    I’m a GOONER and cannot believe that Wenger has come out with such cr*p. OK so he’s unfit, for £50k+ per week make the bastard run a bit more. Such a simple remedy!!!!

  • GSfan

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #21

    I got news on Arda!..

    He’s on ‘Deal!’ right now live on tv, and gonna donate the prize to charity! He’s damn lucky! He got 3 red boxes including one with the grand prize and 1 blue box left right now lol.

  • tam toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #22

    Arshavin is class but if Arsene says no I would listen. They don’t have many better football judges out there than him.

  • geordie genius

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #23

    GSFAN WOR LASS HAS A CONSTANT RED BOX! now clear off everyone I have a hand to satisfy.

  • Hadrian

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #24

    chroist the barton footage on the ten oclock news is new to me 😛 , looks alot worse than the video the sun had up .

  • geordie genius

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #25


  • Hadrian

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #26


    bye bye barton , defo gone after that new footage is out . floored this guy with one punch , went flying into a phone box and he dived ontop of him and started laying into him .
    bad footage for bartons camp to let get out .

  • tam toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #27

    Ha ha gg-NO! Just seen that Hadrian sickening chuck the chav scum bag out. Sue the fat git Sam for signing him.

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #28

    mo- yeah tht wud be a good way to move the team forward, sign players tht are deemed not good enough for a championship side, and been released on a free, also 24 so not gonna improve much. definitely not worth a shot

  • Hadrian

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #29
  • Geno Toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #30

    20 mil is way to much for him, just like 18 mil is a joke for G.Berry. If we sell Oba to Arsenal I think I may cry.

    I dont want anymore players to go but our side being without Smith or Barton is called for. Maybe we can talk Barton into kicking Smiths ass. two birds with one stone.

  • Sav

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #31

    Congrats on the site rating, Ed. Well deserved, imo.

    But how come we’re letting Chelsea and Everton fight over Steve Round. If he’s so highly thought-of, how come KK did not get him signed-up? Does Kev want rid so he can bring in Clarke or Faz? Or has our beloved Toon just cocked-up again?
    What is going on, Ed?
    Go on, earn those Michelin stars!

  • Gooderz

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #32

    de Ridder was released because he does not fit Birmingham’s style of play and he probably doesn’t want to play in the Championship hence why his release was with mutual consent.

    Meanwhile we lack players as it is and de Ridder would add numbers and he does have a bit of skill but needs some help to get his career back on track and Keegan is the man to do just that.

    He’s quite tall, with a good amount of pace and skill and can play in a variety of positions if necessary. de Ridder is definitely worth the risk as our style of play would be better suited to the Dutchman’s game whilst not using up large amounts of the wage bill or transfer funds.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #33

    Yep really rate de Ridder, if anyone goes on 606, i made an article on his about 2 days ago.

  • Ross G

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #34

    He is trying to put off opposition for his signature, make him look bad then have a better chance of getting him

  • toonoot

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #35

    @Tom Toon. I think you said that Spain wouldn’t get past the group stage.

  • toonoot

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #36

    @Tom Toon. I think you said that Spain wouldn’t get past the group stage.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Probably 😀

  • liamtoonbirchy

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #38

    de ridder would be imense on a free

  • ToonKing

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #39

    wow, where did that video of Barton come from ?? that is the real deal compared to the Sun’s pre-fight video. Joey gave the guy a real beat down.

    i still like him but i’m sad to say that we must let him go after seeing that.

  • toonoot

    Jun 30, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #40

    @thomas monkchester: You is still de man 🙂


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