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“Arshavin not given the credit he sometimes deserves”
Most Arsenal fans will be encouraged to read reports of interest in misfit Andrey Arshavin from the likes of Galatasaray and QPR. But it seems that Gunners boss Arsène Wenger is still weighing up the idea of keeping the Russian – and the People’s Tom Hopkinson believes it would be in Arsenal’s best interests if he did.
“Arshavin is very easy to criticise because of his demeanour,” explains Tom of the Arsenal midfielder, who has returned to the club after a loan spell at Zenit St Petersburg. “If you see him around the training ground he’s almost an odd character: he walks around with his head down, doesn’t look anyone in the eye, doesn’t speak to many people. And that comes across when he’s out there playing football as well, which is why he has this love-hate relationship with a lot of the fans.
“I think he’s a very good player and I don’t think he’s quite given the credit that he sometimes deserves. Wenger always talks about his statistics and what a good player he is to have in the side. He’s not delivered as well as he should have, certainly, but I don’t think he’d be doing Arsenal any harm if they kept hold of him.”
But were he to leave, Tom believes a move to another club in England would be Arshavin’s preference. “He’s desperate to have another few months in England so he can get British citizenship for his children. That’s going to play a huge factor in Arshavin’s next move.”
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