You’re all idiots. Even you, Mum.
I’m going to cut straight to the point today and say that I think I’ve fallen in love with Andrey Arshavin – and this time it’s no April Fools’ joke.
I mean, I thought he was cool after dominating Euro 2008 with some scintillating displays but since he joined Arsenal things have been taken to a whole new level. He’s shown his creativity and class, a willingness to take on players and shoot on sight but above all, Arshavin is proving himself to be quite the hard nut. And what true football fan doesn’t love a hard nut?
He might not play in a typical ‘hard man’ position on the wing, but in his short time at Arsenal the Russian has proven himself to be the polar opposite of Cristiano Ronaldo with his tendency to stay on his feet, jump up after being felled and displaying a sense of fierce determination that many players simply lack. Add to that the fact that he managed to play a whole game with ten stitches in his foot and then backed up a few days later because he absolutely wanted to play gives an indication of what sort of a guy he is.
It gets better too. After Russia’s recent 2-0 win over Azerbaijan, Russian manager Guus Hiddink accused his opponents of deliberately targeting Arshavin’s stitched-up foot. Our new signing’s response:
“Early in the game I was hit right on the injured spot and went thought a pain-shock. But now I feel much better. The fans need not worry. If I come on to the pitch it means I’m fully prepared to play.”
What a guy. I think I promised Robert Pires that he could have my future daughter some time back but I’m changing that to Arshavin. And to think that people thought he wasn’t going to be tough enough for the English Premiership.
Moving on to slightly more serious matters and Abou Diaby has joined Robin van Persie and Nicklas Bendtner on the International Break casualty table after damaging his hip while training with France. Although it is not thought to be a serious injury, Diaby will miss his country’s game against Lithuania and may be unavailable for the clash with Manchester City on the weekend.
With Cesc Fabregas returning to the squad Diaby may not have been called upon anyway, but is a frustrating blow to lose a player who I believe was hitting some very decent form of late. Hopefully it doesn’t keep him out for too long.
And that’s really it for today. I hope people didn’t take my April Fools’ prank too seriously and I’m not hit with a barrage of hate mail as a result. Anyway, I’m off to enjoy some drinks for my girlfriend’s birthday and hopefully find some time to sneak off and watch Australia beat Uzbekistan to edge ridiculously close to a place in the World Cup. Toodles.
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