Saturday, April 14th, 2012
Arsenal fans with long memories will recall Steve Morrow being dropped by Tony Adams during the celebrations of the 1993 League Cup final but events in Russia today have surpassed one of Wembley’s most infamous moments.
Andrey Arshavin, who joined Zenit St Petersburg on loan from Arsenal in February, produced probably his best performance in his four appearances so far with an assist and goal to lead Zenit to a 2-0 win over CSKA Moscow on Saturday.
Arshavin was introduced as a second half substitute and within nine minutes had set up Vladimir Bystrov for the opening goal.
Bystrov headed in at the back post and appeared to injure his stomach in the process – so Arshavin did one of the most bizarre things you will ever see on a football pitch – walked across his team mates midriff as he lay prone on the ground.
We can only wonder what Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would make of such behaviour, Bystrov was substituted immediately.
Arshavin is being feted in Russia this Saturday evening, after scoring the second goal v CSKA Moscow with a fine finish which takes Zenit to the brink of the Russian title.