The guy has just created both goals to help Zenit lift the Uefa Cup. Both times he supplied defence-splitting passes to send his teammates clear into the Rangers area, not to mention the 20-yard lob he had cleared off the line.
Such moments define finals. Players of his calibre can be the difference between success and failure. Rangers defended doggedly, as they did against Fiorentina, but tonight the opposition had a player in the form Arshavin to open them up.
Hats off the Zenit for winning the trophy, but I want to see this guy in a royal blue shirt at Goodison next season. My only worry is how many other teams across Europe will be after his signature?
Paul O'Hanlon, Posted 14/05/2008 at 21:48:51
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1 Posted 14/05/2008 at 21:07:40
2 Posted 14/05/2008 at 21:29:16
And did anyone else smile at the Rangers teamsheet, midfield packed with defenders. A handy reminder of how dismal Smith was and is, and how far we have come.
3 Posted 14/05/2008 at 21:35:12
4 Posted 14/05/2008 at 22:45:35
5 Posted 15/05/2008 at 04:55:41
Silly season is well and truly in place, with Chelski blowing a cool 18million on a 4th right-back (if you consider Essien too). If we are to catch the top4 we need quality, and quality comes with a price. No more crooked, drunk, multi-purpose, squad bench warmers please! Everton are the new up-and-coming dark horse of European Football, after Valencia 1999 (Claudio Lopez, Mendieta) and Villareal (Riquelme, Forlan). It will be our year next season, we have firmly established ourselves just outside the door of the top4, and will be the darings of football, as everyone including KK and Redknapp will be tired and bored of the same old bullshit teams.
This team needs cutting edge up front and AA is the answer! If it's only 25million we've got then blow the lot on Arshavin! Sell AJ if we have to, he'll never get to warm the bench with AA playing.
Oh Andrei, if you happen to read this, we love you and have a long 'istory of our love for russian players, namely er.. Andrei Kanchelski (sorry if misspelt, I don't read russian, but if you sign for us we'll get a russian number 2 for Moyes, promise). Don't worry about lack of UCL footie, you can play the manure, arse, chelski and RS twice a season with us!
Right, I'll get back to FM (and reality). Has AA priced himself out with his MOTM performance yesterday? Fecking hell to be an Everton fan...
6 Posted 15/05/2008 at 06:15:55
7 Posted 15/05/2008 at 06:29:39
The question is where would he play in England. By trade he’s a second striker/attacking central play maker. That position is very hard to fill in England because of the high tempo and physicality. Alexandre Hleb is one of the few who can actually play the role. Obviously Cahill does but not in Arshavin’s style. Tim’s more combative.
I could see Arshavin being moved to the left wing cutting inside and looking to open things up whether its with a pass or a dribble.
Anyway, he would be a good signing and someone who can play left, right and as a striker would be useful.
8 Posted 15/05/2008 at 07:22:15
Could someone send him a DVD of ’Letter to Brezhnev’ which was set around and shot in er Kirkby?
9 Posted 15/05/2008 at 07:32:55
10 Posted 15/05/2008 at 07:46:19
However if AA is in for the money, and would rather sit on the bench or play a peripheral role at a ’bigger’ club then we probably don’t want to upset the cart. Still, we’ve clean the #10 locker for him already.
11 Posted 15/05/2008 at 08:17:44
Although I hope I’m wrong and he’ll sign for us!
12 Posted 15/05/2008 at 08:32:07
13 Posted 15/05/2008 at 08:33:14
14 Posted 15/05/2008 at 08:42:24
Davey was acting as Presenter for ITV at the game - perhaps he took the opportunity of chatting Arshavin up - let?s hope so.
Walter Smith and his team deserved what they got for the boring negative football they played. Kept thinking "that could have been us" - ah well, another crack at it next season.
15 Posted 15/05/2008 at 08:54:55
I was imagining what a spark he could our team, and I bet Davey was as well. Back to the scouting I fear - Bugger!
16 Posted 15/05/2008 at 08:57:06
If he did become available and there is no guarantee he will because Zenit are apparently preety well off when it comes to the finances, then there would more than likely be a host of Europes biggest teams in the chase for him. The only way I could possibly see him signing for Everton is if he fancied playing in the Premier League and no other Premier league team was in for him, when I say no other I mean Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal ect:
He would be for me the one player I would really pursue going after with a real effort this summer but it will take exactly that. A real effort and real backing from the board as I think you could tell by David Moyes in the studio that he was impressed with him yet at the same time trying not to get over excited because he knew that he wanted him but stands a small chance of getting him. I would do everything to get him.
Oh yes before I go.. That was a typical Walter Smith performance wasnt it? Dull boring and basically NIL. The better team won on the night and I am glad they did and what's more we can look back and say we beat the winners of the Uefa Cup... Weird.
17 Posted 15/05/2008 at 09:18:24
18 Posted 15/05/2008 at 09:25:11
19 Posted 15/05/2008 at 10:07:47
2. Moyes can only afford to buy a player that his club had no options but to sell due to financial difficulties
Unfortunatley Arshavin doesn't fit either of these 2 reasons. He is in sensational form, and his club are both in fantastic CL form and are financially secure. Three good reasons your dreaming look elsewhere.
20 Posted 15/05/2008 at 10:51:10
21 Posted 15/05/2008 at 10:54:29
22 Posted 15/05/2008 at 10:47:43
Simple, because we’re in the Premiersip. A lot of payers would prefer Prem plus Uefa than the Ruskie league and the CL.. The Nil Satis website says: "Quoted on Russian website sport.ru the striker claims there has been interest from Spain as well as from Everton, but that if it came down to it, Everton would be his first choice." Of course, the last bit could change if a CL club or moneybags Spurs came in for him.
23 Posted 15/05/2008 at 10:46:03
I agree that the way to play with him in your side is to build the team around him as a playmaker who sits in the hole. I also agree that this is a specialist role but one that Moyes has been able to experiment with very successfully for the past few seasons with Tim Cahill. Yes, they are different players but imagine being able to replace one for the other for different opposition? I’m salivating right now.
I’d imagine that we would still play 4-4-1-1 but could also play Arshavin on the wing with Cahill supporting Yak. Arrrggghhhh... stop it Ben
24 Posted 15/05/2008 at 11:02:09
25 Posted 15/05/2008 at 11:17:00
26 Posted 15/05/2008 at 11:40:07
I think we need a big grock who can drive us on, like Essien. Obviously it's easily said and finding a quality player of that ilk who we can realistically sign is a different kettle of fish.
27 Posted 15/05/2008 at 11:51:01
28 Posted 15/05/2008 at 11:52:22
But just to keep in agreement with everyone, Arshavin is a fantastic player and would make a massive difference for us. Excellent last night.
29 Posted 15/05/2008 at 11:57:24
30 Posted 15/05/2008 at 12:09:52
Why don’t buy both?
31 Posted 15/05/2008 at 12:27:43
Moyes play dirty to get these players mate! Tap ups the lot it always happens to us!
32 Posted 15/05/2008 at 12:51:27
Tymoschuk cheap lol!!! Zenit bought him last year for $20m its about 10-11 GBP me thinks - not exactly cheap :)
33 Posted 15/05/2008 at 12:48:46
34 Posted 15/05/2008 at 12:32:01
35 Posted 15/05/2008 at 13:02:46
C?mon boys let's all pray.
36 Posted 15/05/2008 at 13:08:08
Despite that he has already revealed that he would be happy for a move to the prem and indeed with us.
You’ve got to love all the speculation though, I remember last year when we were linked to Smith/Nugent etc, and even criticised when they didn’t materialise when all along Moyes wasn’t interested and eventually popped up with the Yak. Who knows who hes after this time, I do trust him however that whoever he brings in we be those that he believes add quality to the club. Arsharvin fits that bill, but then so do many others!
37 Posted 15/05/2008 at 13:12:43
Now we are linked with Tesco, perhaps we could try a buy-one-get-one-free offer...
38 Posted 15/05/2008 at 13:43:46
Too expensive now as well probably.
39 Posted 15/05/2008 at 14:00:55
40 Posted 15/05/2008 at 13:58:27
Oh and the right back is Anyukov - excellent player. I think he’s around 23-24. Arshavin is one of the oldest players on the team. This is gonna be a great team for the future. And Pogrebnyak wasn’t even on the field ;)
Watch out for Russia and Guus Hiddink in Euro 2008. The core of the Russian team is right here:
Arshavin, Pogrebnyak, Faizulin, Denisov, Zyryanov, Anyukov, Sharonov, Malafeev.
Aldonin(CSKA) will play Tymoschuk’s role, Kolodin(Dynamo) will play Krizanec role. No left back as good as Sirl, but a couple good left wingers in Zhirkov(CSKA) and Bilyaletdinov(Lokomotiv). Arshavin is suspended for 2 games tho, so probably Bilyaletdinov will fill in.
41 Posted 15/05/2008 at 14:37:38
42 Posted 15/05/2008 at 15:07:14
43 Posted 15/05/2008 at 15:15:34
44 Posted 15/05/2008 at 15:37:46
Get Arshavin in. Pure Quality.
45 Posted 15/05/2008 at 16:07:57
46 Posted 15/05/2008 at 16:20:02
I was not aware of the names of the Zenit players during their run to UEFA cup glory, but by all accounts by other Toffeewebbers he is a useful player and it would do no harm at all to try and lure him to Goodison during the summer.
As for the match itself, I cannot help but feel a little sympathy for the Blue half of Glasgow after the defeat last night in Manchester. (Did anyone else notice from the blimp shots overhead it reminded you of the San Siro?)
The players at the end looked disconsolate to say the least, Davey Weir included, and for any club to get to a final and then lose, I put forward my sympathies and wish them well in future tournaments. (Liverpool aside!)
Nice to see our very own Moyes at the stadium providing brief analysis with Andrew Townsend. As a former Celtic player, no doubt David must have managed a wry smile after the final whistle, even though in the studio he must have given an impartial view on events.
In the end, it could of been us lifting the trophy, but fair play, one of the best teams in the competition were the eventual winners, and deserve credit for their disposal of Munich in the semi-final and to eventually overcome the Scottish side to win what is now Europe’s second trophy. The now defunct European Cup Winners Cup having been retired in 1999 for whatever reason.
47 Posted 15/05/2008 at 16:31:26
I think most people want him as well as a big powerful midfielder Steve.
48 Posted 15/05/2008 at 17:55:30
If they had caused that much trouble at Goodison Park then I would be angry.
I think your sympathy would be better placed with the City of Manchester stadium staff and police
49 Posted 15/05/2008 at 17:54:01
He seems to do what our midfield are already good at, when they’re all fit and together. Given that City are already bidding 15m, such money might be better spent further back in midfield. If - heaven forbid - we lost Mikel or Timmy, a player of Arshavin’s class would be a necessity.
50 Posted 15/05/2008 at 18:15:44
If that is the case, hope he is an intelligent man and knows a move to us would make much more sense!!! Maybe not to his club and agent though!!
51 Posted 15/05/2008 at 18:11:00
52 Posted 15/05/2008 at 18:22:37
53 Posted 15/05/2008 at 18:25:14
"Some reports in Russia already link Arshavin to a move to Manchester City for £15m."
Rumour mill stuff, of course, but the shop window he has been in has been a good one. And how old is he - 28? - the wages might be a factor in his thinking.
And as a footnote to the Russia / Ukraine discussion above - the (superb) Ukranian lads I played alongside many years ago would thank you as much for calling them Russian as a Scot would if you called him English. I don’t know if Russians are stay at homes (forgive me for mentioning Ian Rush, but talk about a fish out of water when he went to Italy), but Ukranians have travelled very well, including Andrei Kanchelskis. Perhaps that was something to do with being second class citizens in their "own" country.
54 Posted 15/05/2008 at 19:10:35
Thing is, there are gonna be a lot of clubs looking at him just now and (apologies, I haven?t even researched the next comment to see if he will be playing in it - and can?t really be arsed either) if he has a good European Championships then there will be even more.
What?s more Zenit themselves are playing in the Champions League next year. Suffice to say, I?m sure everyone including Moyes would love him, so here?s hoping.
On another point from last night, anyone notice how well that Whittaker played?? Watched it with a Rangers fan and he was laughing that they got so much money for Hutton when they had a much better player as his replacement. He could solve a shitload of right back issues.
55 Posted 15/05/2008 at 19:07:26
His star is in the ascent after the game last night and I’d be surprised if Moyes spunked a big wedge on this diminutive fella, however talented. I feel 10 mill plus would be better spent on a youngish box to box powerhouse athletic midfielder in the Patrick Viera mould...but who?!
56 Posted 15/05/2008 at 20:19:23
57 Posted 15/05/2008 at 20:58:33
There’s so much talk of this guy, but its based purely on the fact that we played them in the UEFA Cup this year - if we hadn’t, would we even be talking about him? I doubt that as well.
58 Posted 15/05/2008 at 21:53:59
59 Posted 16/05/2008 at 00:18:54
60 Posted 16/05/2008 at 07:12:27
61 Posted 16/05/2008 at 07:45:59
To console those who question why we didn’t get AA in January, well he wouldn’t be eligible for the UEFA Cup, and Zenit were still in it themselves. If there was an agreement (clutching to straws here) we wouldn’t want him to do a Paul Ince and showing off our blue jersey just yet. That’s my hypothesis anyway.
Umm.. how many days until June 1?
62 Posted 16/05/2008 at 09:50:37
63 Posted 16/05/2008 at 13:14:30