Arsenal made a splash in the winter transfer window of 2009

Arsenal made a splash in the winter transfer window of 2009 as they offloaded €15 million in signing Andrei Arshavin. Expectations were high for the Russian player as he had gone through a terrific 2008 after winning the UEFA Super Cup with ZenitSt.Petersburg as well as winning the Russian Super Cup.Arshavin was even named as the Man of the Match of the UEFA Cup Finals match.

Arshavin ultimately disappointed as he failed to live up to his €15 million price tag after only scoring 23 goals in over 100 appearances and the Russian player simply could not replicate the performances that he used to make when he was wearing the jersey of ZenitSt.Petersburg.

It certainly wasn’t one of the most memorable transfers that Arsene Wenger has made in his managerial career.

According to the agent Jon Smith, this was a deal that was completed only 30 seconds before the transfer market was about to close. Jon Smith revealed details concerning this transfer as he said:

‘’I was involved with Andrei Arshavin. That deal started in the second week in January. ‘It got to the very last day and we were about £1.2million apart with about an hour to go. And it was literally who blinked, and I sat in the middle of it as the agent. In the end, I offered the Russians the extra money. And I said to Arsenal I’ve done this. And we had 30 seconds to go.’’

Arsenal was knocked out from the UEFA Champions League

Arsenal was knocked out from the UEFA Champions League on March 17 as they faced off with As.Monaco and even though the Premier League team finished the match with a final scoreboard of 2-0, it still wasn’t enough as the aggregate scoreboard was 3-3 with As.Monaco having the lead on away goals and advancing into the next rounds of the European competition.

This defeat has not settled well with Arsene Wenger as the French manager is now stating that the away goal rule should be changed as it’s outdated.

“Two teams have gone out on away goals, which I think should be questioned because it’s a rule that is outdated now and has to be changed. I’ve fought for that for a long time. It should count maybe after extra time because this current rule was created in the sixties to encourage teams to attack away from home. Since then football has changed. The weight of the away goal is too big today.I think maybe you can count away goals after extra-time like in the League Cup in England.”

PSG and Chelsea also competed in a Champions League match which concluded in an aggregate scoreboard of 3-3 but it was the French team which managed to survive thanks to away goals but Arsene Wenger believes that this rule should be changed as it has too much of a weight in a game and can make a big difference in any match but it shouldn’t be as important as it currently is.

Arsenal most active buyer in January Window

Now that the January transfer window has finally arrived, managers are getting active and searching around for possible players that could be signed or offloaded from their respective clubs and Arsenal is a side that is consistently being linked with a number of players.

Lukas Podolski has already completed his loan move to Inter Milan as the German forward was not a regular player in this season for Arsene Wenger after only making 9 appearances for Arsenal in the current campaign, Podolski decided to make a move to Inter Milan in order to revive his career.

Morgan Schneiderlin is a 25 year old French midfielder who is currently performing for Southampton but he has attracted the attention of Manchester United and Arsenal. It is believed that an offer in the region of £27million could be made in order to sign the player.

Christian slams boss Fabio Capello

The boss of the Russia national Football team, Fabio Capello, has been slammed by one of his former assistants Christian Panucci.

According to Panucci, he did not receive the kind of backing that he was expecting from Capello on his contractual dispute with the Russian federation.

Panucci’s contract was not extended after World Cup, but, he continued working with the Russian team as an assistant manager. He was hoping that he would get the extension, but, it did not happen and eventually, the 41-year old had to resign earlier this month.

Talking about the circumstances that led to his resignation, Panucci said, “On our arrival at the conclusion of the World Cup campaign, I was told that the deal would be extended soon and I waited for that, but, it turned out to be a fake promise. I had had enough. I could not have waited any longer. I had even rejected a few job offers in the hope of that extension.”

“I don’t think Fabio behaved the way he should have behaved in that whole thing. It was his responsibility to back me and not only me, the other guys as well who have left. We were working under him. Any good manager would have done that. I am surely disappointed with him and I would let him know that whenever I have the chance to have a chat with him in future.”

Capello himself has not got his salary for the last 5 months from the Russian Federation.

There have been reports coming in that the Federation top brass thinks that the manager’s salary can’t be afforded now.

So, Capello’s future as Russia boss is uncertain too.

As far as Russia’s recent showings are concerned, they are struggling in Euro qualifiers. They have got only 2 points in 3 games.