Is Arshavin’s commitment in doubt?

April 30th, 2010

Arsene Wenger has spoken of his disappointment at the comments attributed to Andrey Arshavin this week.

The 28-year-old Russian reportedly revealed his admiration for the Gunners’ Champions League conquerors Barcelona and expressed a desire to play for the Catalan giants, saying “it would be the pinnacle” of his career.

His agent immediately denied Arshavin was looking for a move, but Wenger, although slightly uncertain if the reports should be taken at face value, is still unhappy with the comments.

“Yes, I am very disappointed because he shows a completely different attitude,” Wenger said.

“He wants to extend his contract with us and stay with us, so the noise coming out of Russia is very difficult to explain. He looks to be very happy here, so you should ask him where it comes from.”

Wenger had every right to show his displeasure. Whether Arshavin’s comments have been taken out of context or badly translated, he should have known better. He should be concentrating on being ready to help justify Arsenal’s Champions League betting odds next season, rather than thinking about other clubs he might be able to win trophies with.

It’s not the first time the Russian’s quotes have hit the headlines. He has, on several occasions, appeared to question Arsenal’s direction during a season of frustration, but he needs to learn and fast if he is to enjoy a long career at The Emirates.

It could have been worse though, he could have voiced his appreciation for North-London rivals Spurs – that would have seen him given the boot straight away.

But on a serious note Wenger is fully committed to the club and it’s only correct he should expect the same from his players.

Meanwhile, another player linked with a move to Barcelona faces a race to be fit for the World Cup.

Cesc Fabregas will play for Spain if he is fit, but with the side currently favourites in the World Cup 2010 betting, manager Vicente del Bosque will know he can’t afford to carry any dead weight if he is to win the tournament.

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7 Responses to “Is Arshavin’s commitment in doubt?”

  1. Emmanuel, Nigeria Says:

    Arshavin needs to SHUT THE F**K UP! He has spent more time talking this season than actually playing. Then the claims that he will never kissing the Arsenal badge. All these just confirm my thoughts last season that Arshavin just wanted to come to Arsenal as a route to Barca. Bottom line. Arshavin is 28, he needs Arsenal more than Arsenal needs him. So he needs to shut up his arrogant mouth or put in his transfer request!! The Arsenal players dont need this “Adebayor” like negative influence.

  2. henry umenson Says:

    i think Arshavin needs to concentrate on greezing to arsenal kind of play and justify the record fee spent on his transfer,if he did not perform in arsenal definitely he will not see his time in Barca.wait a minuit,is he better than great Fabrigas still he owes arsenal allegence .i will not want to see another adebayor like in arsenal again.i pray he should concentrate more on play than talking.arsenal fans love him and he should justify that by delivering to us what we expected of him and that is good play at times goals.

  3. henry umenson Says:

    HELLO ALL GUNNERS FANS ALL OVER THE GLOBE I WOULD LIKE TO TELL YOU TO KEEP FAITH ALIVE.FOR US IN NIGERIA MOST IMPOETANTLY IN ONITSHA ANAMBRA STATE WE ALL ARE ALWAYS PRAYING FOR THE SUCCESS OF OUR DARLING CLUB AND WE LOVE YOU OVER THERE IN UK.KEEP FAIT ALIVE OUR OWN IS ALIVE OVER HERE.GREAT THANKS TO OUR OGA,ARSEN WENGER,THE MANAGERIA CREW,ALL THE FOOBOOLERS ESPECIALLY THOSE OF AFRICAN ECTRACTION WE LOVE YOU AND WE KNOW THAT GOD LOVES YOU THE MOST.
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  4. Dayo Says:

    Why can’t wenger buy a matured player?. If we have a matured player like Rooney then we can say we are looking for something at the end of the season. So please baba buy a better striker.

  5. Gbemi Akins Says:

    To avoid being panic,Wenger needs to buy enough,devoted,comitted,and sharp striker dat can push and pull mountains in this coming season.

  6. Precious Says:

    I think arshavin is begining 2 pick his form, 4 our last three matches he has been contributing positively 2 d game. A little more faith is what we need. +2348037381474

  7. adetula adefemi a Says:

    i love football and i love arsenal player.

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