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.


Former Arsenal striker, Andrey Arshavin says the English team are a ‘conservative club’ who missed out on a big chance to win the Premier League title this season, especially as other usual top contenders had lots of other issues to deal with.

The 34-year old striker played for the Gunners when he moved for £15 million from Zenit St Petersburg in 2009. He was sent on loan back to Zenit in the 2011/2012 season before eventually moving there on a free transfer in 2013.

Arshavin believes little has changed at the north London club since he left almost three years ago. The Russian international said:

“It’s a conservative club.

“Over the last few years Arsenal have bought two world-class players in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, while the goalkeeper Petr Cech has also joined. Apart from that there have not been any major changes.”

On the team’s manager Arsene Wenger who has been at the club for 20 years, the current Kairat Almaty forward said:

“Arsenal have had the same head coach for a long time and he has his ideas.

“The whole team depends on the viewpoint of Arsene Wenger and his views towards football. I don’t know if this conservatism is a hindrance.

“This season Arsenal had every chance to become champions given the squad they have.

Alessandro del Piero is regarded as one of the finest players in Italian football

Alessandro del Piero is regarded as one of the finest players in Italian football.

The Juventus legend amassed a number of trophies including six Italian Serie A titles and one Champions League medal. Apart from the honours at the club level, he has also won the World Cup to establish himself as one of the greatest players of his generation. Even though he has won numerous individual accolades, del Piero was never named as the world Player of the Year. This remains a major absentee from his trophy cabinet. Hence, it is not surprising that every top player wants to be crowned as the best player in the world at least once in their careers.

Even though the Italian was not given this honour, he reckons that Barcelona superstar Neymar will not face the same fate. Neymar could be crowded out at Barcelona due to the performances of Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. The latter is the most successful player when it comes to the FIFA Ballon d’Or awards after having won the title five times. Suarez came close to winning the title just like Neymar but it was not be. Del Piero says that a title will not be beyond the clutches of Neymar if he continues to show the same kind of improvement in the coming years.

Zenit SaintPetersburg is in search of a new manager

The Portuguese coach Andre Villas-Boas stated back in September of 2015 that this season would be his last one as the head coach of Zenit Petersburg. The 38 year old manager wants to return to his homeland in Portugal and spend time with his family, which is why he turned down a contract extension from Zenit Saint Petersburg and now the Russian outfit has to begin their search for someone who can replace him.

Andre Villas-Boas wanted to cut his ties with Zenit Saint Petersburg even sooner but the management team of the Russian club did not let Villas-Boas leave, he will be able to leave at the end of the current season but not any sooner than that.

So far, Villas-Boas has had a superb time in charge of Zenit Saint Petersburg as he managed to win the Russian Premier League title during his first season as the head coach of the team which is an impressive accomplishment to reach for any coach that managed to take charge of a club and in his first season already manage to lift big pieces of silverware.

This is the 2nd season of Villas-Boas as the coach of the Russian outfit and things aren’t going as smoothly as before. The Portuguese manager was suspended for 6 matches after physically hitting a match official and Zenit are sitting in the outside zone of the top 5, they still have a chance of defending their title but they cant afford to drop points.