Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Arsenal are set to clash at Anfield this weekend. Both sides have history and their clashes are certainly entertaining every time.

Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger would be gunning for full points after an average start to the new season.

Wenger’s men showed depth and resilience when they fought back Leicester City to win 4-3 in an exciting curtain raiser for the new campaign. They stumbled in the next game as Stoke City defeated them 1-0. With the power in the attack, many expected the team to find a way even though they were away from home.

Liverpool played a 3-3 away draw against Watford in their first match and fought hard to defeat Crystal Palace by the slimmest of margins in the next game. Hosting Arsenal this early means they would have to be at their best to defeat them.

The Reds would not forget what Arsenal did years back at same Anfield. Fernando Torres, Dirk Kuyt and Yossi Bernayoun looked sharp on the night but club record signing Andrei Arshavin netted four times and almost handed the Gunners three points. The talented Russian forward played brilliant that earned the admiration of the entire football community.


There is so much pressure piling up on Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette.

The player finally completed his move to the Emirates recently. He was set to move to La Liga giant Atletico Madrid but a transfer ban limited his options.

The Gunners had been linked with the player for a while and for a player who reportedly wanted Champions League football and a bigger platform to prove himself, it was a bit of a big deal that he moved to the north London outfit.

Arsene Wenger had to break the club transfer record for the French star, who joined from Lyon. The player is expected to solve the club’s woes upfront as the team is set to mount a serious Premier League title claim. Unlike Russian Andrei Arshavin and German Lukas Podolski, Laca seems to be a player that would blend into the team seamlessly aside his obvious natural talent.

Arshavin was brilliant for his country and when he arrived in London. He was a natural second striker but he played in the left wing due to a tactical shift in gameplan. This is the same with the 2014 World Cup winner who featured more in the wings.


With Arsenal set to compete with Manchester City on Sunday for a chance to appear in Wembley for the final against Chelsea in the FA Cup, Arsene Wenger would have to get the better of his opponent Pep Guardiola.

The Spaniard has won five times while two have ended in draws.

The first clash between both top managers was in 2010 where the Gunners hosted Barcelona. It was in the Champions League quarter final. Zlatan Ibrahimovic grabbed a brace but goals from Theo Walcott and CescFabregas restored parity. In the return leg, Barcelona humiliated them in Spain 4-1. NicklasBendtner scored the sole effort for the visitors as Lionel Messi scored all four goals.

They met the next year and Arsenal won 2-1. The round of 16 clash in England saw goals from Robin van Persie and Andrei Arshavin cancel out David Villa opener. In the return leg, Barca emerged victors 3-1.

In 2014, after Guardiola had moved to Germany, they met in the round of 16. Bayern stunned Arsenal at home before they played a 1-1 draw in the other leg.

Arshavin wants changes at Arsenal

Andrei Arshavin said that Arsene Wenger should leave Arsenal for the team to progress.

He stated that there need to be significant changes in the summer if the team is going to challenge again in the Premier League. He believes that there are so many average players in the team and that a massive clearance will be needed if the team is going to lift trophies soon.

For the Russian player, there needs to be a new philosophy in the team. At the moment the club is satisfied with status quo and is not looking to improve. He believes that fans should put pressure on the team in order to deliver results. Otherwise, there will be no change on the pitch.

He believes that current management is happy to finish fourth in the league and to participate in the Champions League without having any ambition of lifting the trophy. He said that the players that they have brought in during the last transfer window have failed to deliver the goods and that there are no signs that the team has improved.

Russia’s Stanislav Cherchesov has a mountain to overcome

The Russian national football team went through a disastrous UEFA Euro’s 2016 as they finished at the bottom of group B after losing to Slovakia and Wales and having to settle with a draw against England.

After this underwhelming campaign, the coach at that time of Russia Leonid Slutsky was sacked and replaced by Stanislav Cherchesov.

It’s now the task of Stanislav Cherchesov to try and spark life back into the Russian national side. VitalyMutko is the deputy prime minister of the Russian Football Union and Vitaly has stated that he wants to rebuild the national side.

One of the factors that is currently serving as an obstacle in trying to build a talented squad into the Russian side is the fact that the Russian Premier League has rules which hampers the development and competition for their own players.

Arshavin says that some sports are just impossible without doping

Arshavin has gone from being at one point in time the most expensive player in Arsenal history and not being able to prove his worth at the Premier League club to disappoint for the majority of his playing career as the Russian attacker could not live up to his £15 million price tag which at 2009 was a pretty high fee and its even a more significantly high fee for a club that is known for being conservative when it comes to signings players just how Arsenal has traditionally been.

After spending 5 underwhelming seasons with Arsenal, Arshavin later went on to perform with Zenit, Kubarn Krasnodar and his current club is FC Kairat.

The 35 year old Russian player is an active player of the Kazakhstan Premier League club FC Kairat which he joined back on March 18 of 2016 and has turned into an influential player. Arshavin has recently been attracting the attention of the media but not because of his contributions with FC Kairat and more due to the words that he has recently released involving doping and athletes as AndreyArshavin has recently stated that doping are necessary for specific sports.


Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has spent decades with the club, there were the good times and surely there have been the not-so good times.

Looking back at Wenger’s heaviest defeat, Manchester United served them an ugly gift back in 2011. The game set lots of records, one notable one being the record of heaviest defeat for the club since 1896, and Wenger’s in his career at Gunner’s manager.

Wayne Rooney got a hat trick, Ashley Young hit a brace, Nani scored, Welbeck and Park appareared on the goal scorer’s list as well. Manchester United hosted Arsenal at Old Trafford in the last week of August but it didn’t end well as the score line ended 8-2. Looking back at the players that Wenger featured five years on.

Wojciech Szczesny was in goal, and he was unfortunate to have conceded it all. He was one the highly rated young shot stoppers, but there was nothing he could do to stop the goals from flowing in. He remained with the club may years after, winning two FA Cups to end years of barrenness. He has since moved on to Italy after being overthrown by David Ospina, and then Petr Cech.

Carl Jenkinson, Armand Traore, Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou were the backline in action. Jenkinson was sent off in the game, and has been out on loan to West Ham but he is back at the Emirates. Traore has since moved on, having featured because of the myriad of injuries Arsenal was facing. Koscienlny has grown to being one of the Premier League’s best. Djourou played less than ten games a term but Wenger retained in his usual optimism for nine years.

Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Andrey Arshavin were in action and they played with Tomas Rosicky, leaving Robin van Persie to strike. Coquelin, Ramsey and Walcott remain but the other three have moved on. Rosicky was injury-laden and has to go, Van Persie moved to United, while Arshavin never reached his potential despite finishing sixth in the Ballon d’Or voting three years earlier.


Former Arsenal play maker Andrei Arshavin waded into the controversial discussions following the huge number of athletes that were disqualified from partaking in the Olympics.

Various Sports regulating body have been fighting to keep sports as fair competition without some athletes having an advantage using Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED). There have a lot of set-backs and successes but the topic remains one of the most talked about issues in Sports today.

Russia is fighting a ban placed against its Paralympic Committee that would mean the Russian competitors miss the Paralympic Games set for Rio. The Russian team have been a real object of intensive scrutiny at the Olympics in Rio after many tested positive to substance abuse. The IWF is set to ban Russia in weightlifting, the IOC almost gave the country a blanket ban and medals won far back in 2008 might be stripped.

Arshavin joined the discussions, sparking reactions after he suggested that almost any athlete at the Olympics uses prohibited performance enhancers. His comments provoked even citizens who were trying to get to terms with the news that the whole athletics team could be sidelined from the Rio games.
“It’s simply impossible without doping. That means swimming, skiing, cycling. I think everyone dopes,” Arshavin told interviewers in Kazakh where he plays for Kairat Almaty. Arshavin added that the ban meted out to some athletes is a political decision.


Spanish club Valencia has welcomed former Barcelona striker Martin Montoya with open arms after his contract was terminated by the La Liga Champions.

The 25 year old came through the famed La Masia academy. He made his first appearance for the club back in 2011, and has gone on to make 66 extra appearances for the senior team but the club deems him surplus to requirement as the new season is set to begin.

Montoya though young has three La Liga medals to his name already and was a part of the team that won the UEFA Champions League in 2015, defeating Italian champions Juventus. He wasn’t part of the team that played on the winning day but no doubt picked up invaluable experiences along the way, prompting the interest in him by Valencia despite losing the attempt to sign him for three million Euros in 2011.

In the past twelve months, he was sent to Inter Milan on a loan deal in the first half before ending the second half at Real Betis. He has been called up to join the Spanish senior team but has not played his full international debut yet. He is the second signing for Valencia this summer after the club acquired Portugal’s Euro 2016 hero and former Manchester United player Nani.


Former Arsenal striker Andrei Arshavin continues his playing time at Kazakh club Kairat Almaty, since joining them on a one year initial contract.

The Russian was released from his former deal at Kuban Krasnpdar in February this year and the former Russian captain decided to go to a relatively unknown area in World football.

The 34-year old played all his youth team in Russia at Zenit St. Petersburg until he made a record-breaking switch to England to play for the Gunners in 2009 for £15 million. He was regarded as one of the most exciting young players to watch in European football. His performance at Euro 2008 for Russia set his name in the international scene as a player for the future but those dreams have since died.

Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger went out of his way to sign the player as the deal was a departure from the club’s usual transfer policy. He started the season well with his six goals in 12 Premier League appearances helping the club finish in UEFA Champions League qualification spot.