Advokaat Realistic About Arshavin

Zenit st Petersburg manager Dick Advokaat says any club in Europe would be lucky to have star Russia striker Andrei Arshavin on their books.

Arshavin has attracted a lot of attention at Euro 2008, with some excellent displays of footwork and strike play, and Advokaat admits he would be hard pressed to keep the 27-year-old at the Russian club.

Advokaat said: “I can understand that he wants to play in Europe.

“I think he has some clubs in his mind, some in England and others in Spain, because they are the only two countries he would like to play in.”

He added: “We had a meeting and he said at his age this is the time to move on.

“If you lose one of your main players you don’t like it as a coach but you have to be realistic.

“It is difficult to say which league would suit him best. We play more or less 4-3-3 and our wide players have a lot of freedom.

“I’m not sure other coaches will give him the freedom but you have to otherwise it’s difficult to use him. He needs the freedom to do what he thinks is best for the team.

“I have worked with him for two years and he is a very talented player.

“He’s just turned 27, he’s very quick, he has an excellent shot on both legs and besides scoring he can also provide for other players.”

Arshavin will be in action when Russia take on Spain in the semi-finals on Thursday.


  • vadim

    Arshavin is the best player at Euro2008

  • CatoWanderer

    I’m not surprised to see him doing so well at the tournament as he was a big reason why Zenit won the EUFA Cup this season.

    Would love to see him in Bolton, but he’s probably headed to one of the big four if he comes to England.

  • CatoWanderer

    That should read UEFA…sorry for the gaffe.

  • auwal gwammaja

    heis as good as barca player,vary good player to watch