Arsenal’s Russian forward Andrey Arshavin has labelled the club’s sale of midfield duo Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri as a “catastrophe”, according to Russian daily Sport Express.
The Gunners sold their two main midfield maestros, replacing them on transfer deadline day with Everton’s Mikel Arteta, and Liverpool’s Yossi Benayoun, yet these signings do not seem to have appeased Arshavin:
“At the moment, losing Fabregas and Nasri is a catastophe. Watching the Udinese match I said to Bendtner that now we have no-one so comfortable with passing the ball to Robin van Persie or who ideally utilises the qualities of the other forwards. He smiled and replied, “Yes, the only player who could properly replace Cesc is probably Xavi”.
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Walcott excited by signings.
England and Arsenal forward Theo Walcott was however impressed with Arsene Wengers last minute shopping, according to ESPN Soccernet.
After seeing Mikel Arteta, Yossi Benayoun, Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker and Park Cyu-Young come into the squad, Walcott feels the team will now be invigorated ahead of the rest of the season:
“A lot of teams leave it until last minute so it was interesting to see. We got rid of two great players but we’ve brought a few in and I look forward to seeing them on Wednesday. New faces tend to get everyone bubbling. We all have to lift our spirits and hopefully those new signings will do the job.
“They’ve had so much experience. Arteta in particular is a fantastic player. He can definitely spot a pass and I am looking forward to playing with him.”
Lehmann backs Mertesacker.
Former Arsenal stopper Jens Lehmann has backed his fellow countryman and new Gunners centre-back Per Mertesacker to be a success at the Emirates Stadium. Talking to the Sunday Mirror, Lehmann enthused: “There is no doubt in my mind that he will be a huge success for Arsenal. He will be a great support for Arsenal. It was a very good decision to sign him – good for Arsenal and for Per.”