Special goal delights Arshavin
Andrey Arshavin believes his winner against Barcelona could be the defining moment of his career.
Last Updated: 22/02/11 4:27pm
Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin believes his winner against Barcelona could be the defining moment of his career.
The 29-year-old Russia international turned in Samir Nasri's cut-back with seven minutes left in last week's UEFA Champions League clash to seal a thrilling fightback and give the Gunners a 2-1 win.
It was Arsenal's first victory over Barca in six attempts and only the third defeat of the season for the Spanish giants.
With Arshavin's winner giving Arsene Wenger's men a crucial first-leg lead, it sparked wild celebrations at the Emirates that will live long in the memory.
"To score against Barcelona for any player is a very crucial moment, maybe in your career," Arshavin told the club's official website.
Rare Barca defeat
"It doesn't happen a lot and especially [because] it brought a win."
Wenger made an attacking change with Arshavin coming off the bench to replace Alex Song in the 69th minute and that seemed to ignite Arsenal's late rally as Robin van Persie equalised in the 78th minute before Arshavin pounced.
But the former Zenit St Petersburg man, who claimed his ninth goal of the season, was modest about his impact.
"When I came on I didn't feel special, I was just calm, and when I had a chance I scored the goal," he added. "I did not change the game, I just took my chance. If I changed the game I would say.
"When I was sitting on the bench it looked very tough for us because Barcelona always have a lot of possession - that is why you must be patient.
"After the game I was very excited but now it is in the past and we have to be focused on the next game."
Arsenal travel to Camp Nou on March 8 hoping to secure a place in the Champions Legaue quarter-finals.