Bolton hero Andrey Arshavin: I only played because Tomas Rosicky was injured
Written by Renzo on October 27, 2011 4:45
Scored one and made another. Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin was by far one of the best players for the Gunners on Tuesday night against Bolton Wanderers.
Speaking to his official website after the game, the Russian explained that the game went according to plans as no team had the upper hand and both teams created chances throughout the game with the midfielder praising Owen Coyle’s men for their performance and for taking the lead in the early stage of the second half.
The 30-year also revealed that he wasn’t supposed to be on the pitch as Tomas Rosicky was supposed to be the experienced member in midfield but as the Czech suffered a late injury, manager Arsene Wenger opted to start with Arshavin behind the strikers.
Asked if the Gunners are taking the Carling Cup lightly, the midfielder echoed the opinion of his manager as he concluded by saying that the objective of the Club is to go for all four competitions especially now that the Gunners are back on winning terms.
After Bolton, Arshavin said:
I think the game went smoothly. There was no clear leader in the match. The teams had competitive advantage in turns.
Bolton as well as our team performed dangerous attacks, scored goals. We scored one goal more than they did.
Well, we are winning again, this is always a pleasure. To be honest, yesterday Tomas Rosicky was preparing for this position.
He was supposed to play today. Unfortunately, yesterday he got injured. I had to replace him.
We play to win every match in every tournament. The fans come to the stadium and want to see the goals and the victory of their team.
Why a lot of new players? As a rule, in the early stages of the Cup, it’s always the case. Young players need practice, they get it. It’s quite common.
[The mood?] When the wins start coming your way , you feel more confident. We are getting ready, everything is fine.