Rosicky hails dangerman Arshavin
Tomas Rosicky has told skysports.com that Andrey Arshavin will be at the forefront of Arsenal's challenge.
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 05/08/09 4:12pm
Tomas Rosicky has told skysports.com that a 'dangerous' Andrey Arshavin will be at the forefront of Arsenal's challenge for silverware in the coming season.
Arshavin made an instant impact following a club record £15 million move from Zenit St Petersburg in February, scoring six goals and claiming seven assists in 15 games for the Gunners as he immediately earned a reputation as one of the Premier League's finest playmakers.
That perception was only confirmed when he scored a remarkable four goals at Anfield in April, with his tormenting of Liverpool the standout memory of a deeply-impressive first six months in England.
The Russia international is now preparing for his first full season as an Arsenal player and, after being named player of the tournament at the Emirates Cup, sizeable expectations have been placed upon the diminutive forward.
However, Rosicky expects the 28-year-old to live up to the hype as the Gunners aim to win their first piece of silverware since the 2005 FA Cup for manager Arsene Wenger.
"Everyone can see that he is a very intelligent and dangerous player for every opponent," Rosicky told skysports.com.
"I think he made an immediate impact last season when he came. It was only six months.
"I hope we can achieve something together and we will fight for trophies this year.
"Of course this is a very important season for him but the same thing can be said for all of us."