Arsenal vs Blackburn Rovers. Matchday 37 of English Premier League. Arsenal lost the game, but they are still above Tottenhem according to the standings. And it is important! On the other hand, it is worth mentioning that the Gunners haven’t given their fans reasons to feel happy for quite a while.. It is clear that the Londoners expected to win this away game. But it hasn’t happened today. How does it feel? We’ll ask Ted Willson. Ted has been a gunners’ supporter since 1988. arshavin.eu: Ted, you're one of those who went to every Arsenal game this season.
Т.W:. No, I'm not one of those. I’m the only one :) Are you from the police?
arshavin.eu: No, even worse, we are from Russia.
T.W: Are you kidding me?
arshavin.eu: No. Tell me, what’s going on with the squad?
T.W: We are recovering. We’ve lost today ... I think that the referee has been helping the hosts a little but never mind. Let them remember this day. Maybe some of the locals will make a tattoo: "I saw our victory over the Great Arsenal”. To be honest, I don’t care about this season any longer. Although I’m pleased that our Arshavin returned. Have you heard how we sang about Adebayor for him? Okay, I have to go, the guys are waiting, regards to Russia! You really beat us back in Moscow....
arshavin.eu: Any troubles with the hosts?
T.W: Hmm. We haven’t had this kind of entertainment for some time now. Just on the way to the pub.....
We agree with Ted ... About Moscow ... About Manchester ...
Russian striker Arshavin was expected to return back to action. Arsene decided not to put AA23 health at risk. He let him out on the pitch in the 68th minute of the match. Andrey has done several great passes and could have scored ... but didn’t and the team failed to win. But it is important that he is back.
arshavin.eu: Hi, Andrey! Did you miss football?
AA: I really wanted to return back on the pitch. Unfortunately, I couldn’t feel the joy of my return to the full extent. My team has lost today.
arshavin.eu: There were some rumors ahead of the game that you’d miss this fixture. When did you find out that you’d take part in this match?
AA: Only on Sunday at pre-match training did I understand that I was going with the squad.
arshavin.eu: It turns out that you didn’t know until the last moment that you were going. Why was that?
AA: Everything depended on the state of my health.
arshavin.eu: How do you feel now?
AA: I didn’t feel any pain during the game...
As for the game, we made a good start and managed to score a quick goal. But it was not enough ... Arsene told us, that our rival knew how to score from set pieces, which Blackburn showed us twice. After the two missed goals, we tried to improve the situation. It did not work. I had an opportunity but didn’t score.
arshavin.eu: This wasn’t a 100% opportunity. However, you believe that it was necessary to score. What should have been done?
AA: I did not have enough confidence. I guess that it was due to my lack of practice. I think that I should have hit the ball much harder, instead of just thinking about hitting the goal. I just had to strike stronger, lower. Probably, then everything would have turned out differently...
arshavin.eu: We have been talking to Arsenal fans. They have warmly welcomed your return back to action.
AA: I was pleased to see and hear how they met me.... We still have one game ahead and we have to please them and ourselves with a beautiful game at the Emirates. That's it.