Arshavin ahead of this week’s games: The fans need wins, not words
Written by Renzo on September 27, 2011 4:30
According to Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin, the Gunners desperately need to win both games this week as it’s time to forget words and deliver on the pitch.
Speaking to his official website after the Bolton Wanderers win last week, the Russia International explained that in the first half both teams had chances to open the scoring adding that Robin van Persie’s first goal was crucial as it forced Owen Coyle’s men to push forward and leave gaps in the defensive department.
The midfielder added that David Wheater’s red card in the second half made the Gunners’ job easier as they created more chances and managed to score two more goals to seal a much-needed win.
Asked on upcoming games against Olympiacos in the Champions League and Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, the 30-year old concluded by saying that they will both be “interesting” games with the Gunners having only one objective: to win.
After the 3-0 Bolton win, Arshavin said:
I think that in the first half, none of the teams could be called a clear favorite of the match. The game was equal with mutually dangerous attacks.
You know, it seemed like the teams were groping for each other’s weaknesses. I expected that after the break, there will be a different game.
[The first goal] was very important for the squad. It’s good that everything turned out this way.
When the scoreboard at Emirates showed a favorable result for us, our opponent had to quickly bring some adjustments into the game. They had to go forward, to open up.
We began getting free spaces and were able to use them correctly in one of the attacks. Bolton had to foul. A red card.
After this sending off, the game was focused only on one goal. We created many chances that led to a major victory.
I think that this victory is very important because the Arsenal position in the table forces us get out of the situation we got ourselves into. That’s why today’s win is valuable.
[This week's games?] They will be interesting. On Wednesday, there will a match in the Champions League. And then a northern derby against Tottenham. The fans don’t need further comments on these games. They need wins.