Former Internationals blast catastrophic Andrey Arshavin for “walking and not running”
Written by Renzo on March 30, 2011 4:30
No longer a regular at Arsenal and often criticised for lack of commitment, midfielder Andrey Arshavin is facing similar problems with his National side as he was criticised for his below-par performance against Armenia.
Former Soviet international Sergei Andreev described the first half of the midfielder as a “catastrophe” as he explained that it looked as if the Russian doesn’t want to play football anymore as he spent his time on the pitch walking, standing in the middle and pointing his finger to his team mates instead of running and fighting for the ball.
Ex defender Dmitri Kuznetsov was also critical of the performance of the Arsenal man as he said that it was as if Russia were playing with only ten men as he added that his team mates should have spoken to their captain about his behaviour.
The 29-year featured and captained his country last night in a friendly game against Qatar, turning provider for Roman Pavlyuchenko’s 34th-minute equaliser in Doha.
On Arshavin, the two said:
[Sergei Andreev] Arshavin’s first half was just a catastrophe. I feel he doesn’t want to play football anymore. He was not even walking around the pitch, let alone running. He just stood in the middle, pointing his finger to [tell] others where to send the ball.
[Dmitri Kuznetsov] I can only wonder why his team-mates watch all this but do not say anything. They have to play with only 10 men in the team. Arshavin’s performance on Saturday was a parody of football.