Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Arshavin: I've fully recovered and I'm ready to face City

Arsenal's controversial midfielder Andrey Arshavin says he is ready to duel with City on Saturday.

The Russian International was substituted against Barcelona last month in the Champions League after picking up an injury [calf], although the team persevered without him at the Emirates - we failed to capitalise on our early lead at the Camp Nou and Messi punished us severely for our meekness in front of goal.

The Gunner told that his rehabilitation is going to plan: "I am recovering and I hope to be back for Manchester City," he enthused.

Just like his team mate [Nasri], Arshavin also, blamed our title barreness on injuries and implored his team mates to secure their Champions League spot by winning their last three games: "This season has been tough and tight. Sometimes it was even difficult for myself and the team but in general it was not bad. Hopefully we will win the last three games," he asserted.

Arshavin refused to concede to the generality that the Arsenal has failed in totality, instead he concentrated on the positives of the season: "We have scored a lot of goals at the end of the games and we managed to stage comebacks. We have to use that spirit next season. We can fight again next season.

"It would be easier for us [if we had not had the injuries]. I can't say we would be Champions but it would have been easier for us," he concluded.