Andrey Arshavin has revealed that he burst into tears like a small child when he was informed of the sale of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Na$ri, but cheered up a little when Arsene Wenger handed him a packet of Percy Pigs filled with Germano-Israeli-Brazilian-Spanish-Korean sweetness.
The Russian, for whom we all secretly have a soft spot despite him being outrageously bloody lazy on the football pitch, believes that Arsenal will now have to alter their playing style to reflect the loss of his two midfield cohorts but was pleased to see some new faces added before the transfer deadline closed.
Reflecting on a conversation he had with Nicklas Bendtner, Arshavin told homeland publication Sport Express: “At the moment, losing Fabregas and Nasri is a catastrophe.
“Watching the Udinese match I said to (Nicklas) Bendtner that now we have no-one so comfortable with passing the ball to Robin van Persie or who ideally utilises the qualities of the other forwards.
“He smiled and replied, ‘Yes, the only player who could properly replace Cesc is probably Xavi’.
Arseblog News is a little suspicious about this conversation, as we’re pretty sure NB52 would have put himself forward to take over from Cesc, but hey, we digress. Arshavin continued:
“I’m very glad that I was able to play in the same team as Fabregas – he is a truly class footballer.
“When people say no-one is irreplaceable I don’t agree. With (Mikel) Arteta or whoever replaces those who have left, we will play different football, not as we played with Cesc and Samir.
“Of course the club had been working on transfers but I think the 8-2 speeded up and invigorated their work.
Analysing the business that was completed on transfer deadline day, the former Zenit St Petersburg ‘whippet’ spoke positively about German defender Per Mertesacker while remaining somewhat underwhelmed by the other arrivals.
“I know a bit about Mertesacker, he is a good defender who should definitely help us. I know nothing about Andre Santos other than that he plays for Brazil – but this in itself shows credentials.
“Arteta and Benayoun have long proved themselves in the Premier League, they’re not bad signings. And we needed strengthening in those positions.
“Perhaps another holding midfielder wouldn’t hurt and, as far as I know, we were trying till the last minute to get M’Vila, but unfortunately we weren’t able to buy him.
“Judging by the quantity and quality of our signings, Arsenal’s football will soon undergo some changes.”