Mourinho Agrees With Wenger – Doubts Over Arshavin

Inter Milan manager and former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, has today spoken to the Daily Mail about Newcastle’s long term target Russian midfield player Andrei Arshavin.


Andrei Arshavin – does he have the stamina to play in the top leagues?

Jose has hinted that he will probably not enter the race to sign the Zenit St Petersburg player Andrei Arshavin, who was outstanding in his first two matches at Euro 2008, but then disappeared in the third match – the semi-finals against Spain.

Arsene Wenger has already come out and expressed doubts about Andrei’s stamina, when he said last week at a media conference in Russia:

“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.”

Mourinho, it turns out, has similar doubts about whether the 27-year-old can perform regularly at the highest level.  He went missing completely in the crunch game against Spain in the semi-finals of the European Championship.

Mourinho told the Daily Mail today:

“Arshavin is a fine player. But is he mature enough to play in the strongest leagues?”

“At the Euros he showed a lot of inspiration against Sweden and Holland. But he looked like he was absolutely switched off in the next match against Spain.”

“At Inter we are looking for players who are capable of playing to the highest of standards not for two to five games in a row, but the entire season.”

OK, here is the scenario – all the top teams like Barcelona and others, who are now in for Arshavin, become wary of his stamina, and see the comments of Wenger and Mourinho, two of the world’s top managers.

Jose and Arsene are also probably two of the very best managers at judging just how good players really are, and we know Wenger is almost a genius at that.

And of course the current fee on Andrei of £20M, is just way too high.

But he would still be worth £10M, and if these other clubs pull out, it’s not beyond the realm of possibility that Newcastle could still end up with Arshavin in a few weeks.    😀

We do agree however, that the scenario is very improbable.

But we can still hope that Andrei may arrive at Newcastle in the summer, after all the hype of the Euro 2008 games has died down.

Hey, like any dedicated Newcastle fan, we live in the perpetual hope of miracles happening at Newcastle – this would be one.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • normski1930z

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #1

    yes ed i have been thinking the same that i think the big clubs will be scared off by the price of an unknown maybe we will sneak in there…

  • normski1930z

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #2

    get in am no1

  • Bob

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Would still have him at SJP in a shot!

  • seetow

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #4

    no thank you. for anything about 12mil, i wouldn’t want him. been hearing stories about inler, fantastic player to have! even aimar would be less of a gamble at his price, and he is only 1 year older..

  • ToonKing

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #5

    damn, the site was down, i thought we signed someone….. 🙁

  • DanToon

    Jul 5, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Me too ToonKing!

  • Pete

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #7

    Chelsea or Barcelona.. I’m inclined to believe that the first mentioned would buy him just because his russian, no matter if he’d be surplus to requirements

  • chuck

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #8

    After a couple of good games where he ran his ass off, sure he looked great.
    Cant blame Zenit for wanting to cash in big time, he was reported to be leaving whatever.
    Dont believe Morinho or Wenger, he does`nt have the stamina to play in the EPL or Spain,
    its bullshit, they both showed interest untill the asking price soared.
    Do I think he is worth £20m, no way, maybe £10m. at the most.
    Its all about perception.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #9

    They are both trying to lower Ashravin’s price tag.

  • James

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #10

    He’s 27 and still playing for Zenit St. Petersburg – doesn’t that tell you all you need to know?

  • Leo

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #11

    yep they are just trying to bring the price of him back down to earth.

    its a bit risky because chelski might come in and say oh what the hell hears the money you want and they will miss out

  • Whitey

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #12

    I have completley let go of the possibility of signing him and i hope that Newcastle have turned their attentions to Pablo Aimar. He could bring real attacking quality and he will not cost too much

  • LB

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #13

    I definitely wouldn’t buy him. He’s a flash in the pan. It’s not only that he was non-existent in the game in question, it’s how he disappeared. Players who cost 20m may have a bad game, but they do SOMETHING even when they struggle. He did NOTHING! That’s scary.

  • SwedeEric

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #14

    imo he has never been good enought to take a club like chelsea, barca, inter by storm! But a club like Newcastle, Villa, everton he would be a real asset!

    Would think barcelona or chelsea have made a bad buy for that money, his age, and for what they already have, and for the matter that they can almost get anyone they want insteed…

  • lee

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15

    normski1930z you fool

  • Sav

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #16

    I’m sorry, Ed, I don’t see it like that.
    They talk the lad down enough and he may end up going to Barca or Inter for 10million. Not Barrack Road.
    Do you now ‘When the Boat Comes In?’
    – Becasue Arshavin is one boat that we missed.

  • normski1930z

    Jul 5, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #17

    hehe lee top boy you have just made my day you are just the type of bloke i have been talking about keyboard warrior….

  • ObaFan2

    Jul 5, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #18

    SwedeEric, agreed.

  • iain

    Jul 5, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #19

    sorry but for a player that talented, i would have him in my team any day.

    he wasnt the only player to have one bad game in the euros after a couple of good ones where he was the catalyst for his team getting through.

    its not like you couldnt work on his stamina in training. its not like he had a short domestic season either


    Jul 5, 2008 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #20

    if Barca or Chelski were getting him do you not think they would have done so by now??
    Barca were apparently in contact with Zenit before the Euros finished??
    We live in hope – but as a Newcastle fan – I know no other way!!

  • The Entertainers

    Jul 5, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Can we move on?

  • PopB

    Jul 5, 2008 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #22

    i agree entirely with arse and josy (going out on a limb :p) and at his age you never know if he can adjust to the bigs. is body language showed a lot of imaturity and lack of will in that spain game. that being said it was just ONE game. regardless of what these two say though, abromabitch would never let this guy slide on the cheap. if barca flinch then he’s going to chelsea to be Rwoman’s new russian toy. but if that spain game showed the truth about him then he is not a scolari type of player and will be gathering splinters on the pine.

  • Rodney Trotter

    Jul 5, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #23

    There were doubts about his fitness when England played Russia.He was subbed at about 60 mins.The commentators said something about Guus Hiddink doubting whether he can play the full 90 mins.There must be a reason a player that good is at Zenit.Even though there not a bad team he should be at a bigger club like Newcastle 🙂

  • sergio

    Jul 6, 2008 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #24

    haha newcastle for arshavin?!
    yu will never sign him…he is too good ffor a team that was close to relegation and has a midget for a striker in the form of owen!
    if yu get him then yu will get fabregas thats all i can say!

  • stumpofthetoon

    Jul 6, 2008 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #25

    sergio lvs cock


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