Good morning Grove fans! So the news of Andrey and his move out of the country back to his homeland filtered through to the web yesterday. Personally, I was totally surprised by the exit considering the total lack of creativity around the squad. I hadn’t heard anything around the Andrey loan exit, but I was told something interesting after the Sunderland game that might have been the straw that broke the camels back…
After the Russian had come on late for Sunderland and set up the goal that took down Sunderland in the league, he was apparently a changed man in training. Everything he touched turned to gold, he was inspired all week. He fully expected to play some part in the Milan game because he felt he had his game back. He subsequently played no role in the mauling and he played no role in the game after. He did score two goals for the reserves in the week…
I believe that probably pushed him into making the move, much in the same way Nik B threw in the towel after showing great form in the lead up to the Carling Cup Final, only to be demoted on the day.
For me, it’s another example of poor management from Arsene Wenger. If he wanted to rid himself of Andrey, he should have made it happen at the start of January when there was a chance of replacing him. Sure the man has been off form this year, Wenger has played him and played him through the bad times. Even bringing him on in bizarre circumstances that were totally unacceptable for the player and the team. Why boot him out when he finally starts to show something? An inform Andrey is the difference between 4th and 5th… like he proved when he joined. Arguably, on his day, he has more talent in his feet than any of our wide and central players. I still think we should have tried him in his favoured position of the hole just behind the striker. If you have no creativity, what is the point in sticking with that, especially when it isn’t working?
His talent deserved more effort from him and it deserved more attention from Arsene Wenger. He’s the greatest player who never was. His exit is a sad one because he had it all. That shouldn’t be held up as a reason not to make bold moves. He more than justified his fee when he blasted us to 4th a few years ago. However, his stint will always be remembered as a failure. His lack of effort and disinterest turned the fans against him at times this year and that was incredibly sad to watch.
This move is yet another example of a club who don’t seem to have a clue what they’re doing. Yet another example of a manager who lies to regularly these days. I’m pretty sure he said Andrey wasn’t going on numerous occasions. He even pronounced his love for the man twice. Now he’s gone. We have no replacement. But don’t worry about it people… we did it to help him get first team opportunities for his Euro 2012 bid. Just like we let Cesc go because he’s a Barcelona boy at heart… just like we’ll let Robin go this summer because you can’t keep an unhappy player.
Seriously depressing stuff. How about something amusing? One of our readers (@CaidenCeaser) said this subliminal message was wrapped up in his Arsenal merchandise package this week.
There was an excellent blog put together by Arsenal Truth on the wage bill. You can’t help buy marvel at effort like that! It’s an estimate and it doesn’t take into account loyalty bonuses and other such things, but I can’t imagine it’s not a million miles off. It gives you insight into some of the problems we face as a club. We have players who are getting fat off wages they don’t deserve. There’s nothing more dangerous in any walk of life than a person who knows they’re earning far more than they should be. It’s interesting that a manager with such an idealistic view of the world couldn’t work out that money can kill a player just as much as a £10million player bought in to compete for a position in the squad. If you have nothing to aspire to… where does your drive come from?
Tomorrow is the North London Derby. I can’t wait for it. Anything to take my mind off all the off the pitch nonsense. Nothing but a win will do. Failure is unthinkable. I’ll be back with a robust preview tomorrow. Make sure you tune into Soccer Saturday between 1215-1245 today, I did a piece with @10Akhil about the future of the club and Arsene Wenger. I hope it comes out nicely and I appear more sexy to females.
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Enjoy today… I’ll leave you with one of Andrey’s greatest moments as an Arsenal player. Shot by me of course…