20th of March 2010. Arsenal 2: 0 West Ham United.
"We should win all remaining games" - A. Arshavin, February 2010.
London derby. Hosts won.
arshavin.eu: Fifth minute of the match. Andrey Arshavin intercepts the ball on his half of the pitch and passes it to Clichy. It takes a few seconds ... Denilson scores!
AA: Yes, he was the best in this game. Not because he scored early in the first half, but because he worked miracles in the second one. He kept on snatching the ball from West Ham players, he was everywhere, ahead of everybody like a "clockwork bunny”. In my opinion, Denilson showed phenomenal game ...
Back to the game: I think we started off confidently. We scored a goal.
Unfortunately, as it sometimes happens with us, Arsenal slowed down, we were unable to continue playing in the same vein, there was no team pressure.
arshavin.eu: Why did it happen?
AA: Perhaps this is due to the fact that I was not feeling very well. I could not catch my breath after every dash.
arshavin.eu: That's understandable. After the Hull game your leg had been "darned". There were doubts that you’d take part in this game. How is your leg?
AA: Doctors and Julia take care of it....
arshavin.eu: We hope that their joint efforts will help you to come out on the pitch in the next game?
arshavin.eu: The first half was coming to an end... and suddenly this penalty, Tomas was sent off the pitch.
AA: Yes. Only ten of us were left. After that, in order to win our team had to show our character once again. I am glad that the guys worked great in the defense. Actually, they didn’t allow our opponents to create a single 100 % moment at our goal. Well, one can recall the episode when the ball struck the bar, after the kick from outside of the penalty area ... At the end we scored again. We did well! It is very important. Although, on the other hand, I would like to see my team winning confidently and calmly.
arshavin.eu: Sure, but let ‘s go back to the key episode of the game. So, Arshavin and Clichy created a goal together.
AA: I think we started to interact more. He virtually takes away everything, all the balls. Our flank works :)
arshavin.eu: Birmingham and Barcelona games are ahead.
AA: Both games are equally important. First we have to play well in Birmingham and after that think about Barcelona.
arshavin.eu: Let’s look ahead a little bit and talk about the Champions League?
AA: I think that it would be interesting to play with Barcelona, especially at Camp Nou. Catalans show very good football. I hope that we will put up a good show. I am sure that this confrontation will impress football fans. As for me, I had long dreamed of playing at this stadium.
arshavin.eu: Messi made special mention of Arsenal ‘s Arshavin and Cesc. What does it mean?
AA: It’s better to ask him.
arshavin.eu: The first home game in London. Is it a plus or a minus?
AA: I think it’s OK. Everything depends on the outcome. If we manage to show good quality football, to score and not to miss balls at the Emirates, then it will be a plus.