The finals would be Arshavin’s tournament debut for Russia, missing out in 2002 through selection and in 2004 and 2006 as Russia failed to qualify.

Euro 2008 would be Arshavin’s chance to announce himself to the world. Loved him. Kairat won the game 1-0 thanks to a goal from Brazilian Isael Barbosa. Wasn’t exactly a world beater was he? As such, his return to Zenit, where he had far from the impact as his first spell, and subsequent travels across the region are sad but not wholly unexpected. That is nearly an impossible task for every player in the world.”. What if Hleb never left Arsenal for Barcelona and stayed in London for another couple of years at the least.

Spotting Arshavin coming in off the left, he rolled the ball across the edge of the box to the Russian to run onto. Quel est le nom du joueur d'origine chilienne arrivé au mercato 2011 ? unlike wenger who reminds us always of the big clubs he had to turn down to stay with us. A team containing Hleb, Arshavin and perhaps Cesc Fàbregas and Robin van Persie could legitimately have held a claim as one of Europe’s most talented. It was probably an own goal from Manuel Almunia, but it was credited to Belletti, who thus won the Champions League with the only goal of his Barcelona career. But he got the accolades and titles that he almost certainly wouldn’t have got had he stayed.

We could have use his dribbling trickery in his prime.

True that. Fans weren’t sure what mould of player Hleb was. A team containing Hleb, Arshavin and perhaps Cesc Fàbregas and. Arshavin, however, had other plans and was sublime as he led Russia to an improbable result, recovering from a late Dutch equaliser to win 3-1 after extra time.

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He was, however, weak and physically didn’t look cut out for the bustle of the Premier League.

With 90 minutes gone, to have the speed to even keep up with a fresh Theo Walcott on the counter is astonishing.

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Absolutely superb in midfield of cesc flamini and roskicky. They may be true but ultimately Arshavin produced moments that will never be forgotten. Eto’o was fouled just outside the area by Lehmann. Clearly Hleb. The semi-final against Spain was an understandable step too far but Arshavin’s heroics caught the eye. I remember we had one game where Fab was injured, so he played in the Cesc no.10 role. everton to man united: marouane fellaini. The Belarusian was an extremely selfless player and would best be described as what Johan Cruyff labelled El socio del todos – everyone’s partner on the pitch. A marvelous player even though I don’t believe he reached his full potential at arsenal. The mark they did leave, however, was one brimming with talent and genius and that will long be remembered, Two men who, had things been different, may have starred together for Arsenal, Hleb on the right, Arshavin on the left. It’s vanity over happiness. Most remember his four goals at Anfield soon after, but I just want to dwell briefly on the fourth. Quick feet, eye for a pass… but for the love of god SHOOT! When Alexander Hleb arrived on English shores people didn’t know what to make of him.

Cesc bled red while he was here.

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Biélorussie. People may look back on Arshavin with frustration and a myriad of questions. never liked wenger’s decision to go for non athletic type players.