Arshavin Set To Have One More Chance? by AH
Wenger has today confirmed that Andrey Arshavin will be returning to the squad to face Swansea City in tomorrow’s FA Cup reply at the Emirates.
Arshavin has featured hardly at all for Arsenal this season, not even managing to make his way onto the substitutes bench for match days and many fans assumed his time at the club had ended as there was no news that he was injured or anything. However, it seems he is still very much part of the club, despite his lack of action so far this season, and he is now set to start (I presume) in tomorrows game.
Wenger told Arsenal.com;
“We have Koscielny suspended for tomorrow night and everybody else will be available. He will be replaced in the squad by Arshavin.”
Now, the key bit there is that Wenger said he (Koscienly) will be replaced in the SQUAD by Arshavin and so, as the two players occupy completely different positions of the field, it’s not going to be a literal like for like swap but it does seem pretty certain that Arshavin is set to mark a return in Arsenal colours.
It will be interesting to see how he performs after such a long time without playing, as well as the fact that this is most likely going to be his last chance to prove himself and show that he still has talent, otherwise we could be saying goodbye to the Russian in the very near future.
Arshavin has been linked with moves to Reading and Fulham as well as former club Zenit St Petersburg. It’s reported that talks broke down with both English clubs after his wage demands (£75,000) were too high.