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Arsenal's Arshavin says he's lost his spark

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09:55 AM ET 09.03 | Russian star Andrei Arshavin admits he has lost the sparkle that made Arsenal splash out $23 million to sign him from Zenit St Petersburg 19 months ago. Despite scoring twice in three games for the Gunners this season, he feels he's been uninspiring and admits his game has changed since moving to the Premier League. "The year and a half in England has significantly changed me," Arshavin told Russian media. "As for football I can say that my style has also altered -- it is more effective but less sparkling. I don't remember when was the last time I score a really beautiful goal."

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September 3, 2010  10:00 AM ET

finally a new one

September 3, 2010  10:04 AM ET

"more effective but less sparkling" - looks like some one needs Glitter!!

September 3, 2010  10:09 AM ET

McBride confirmed to retire at the end of the year.

September 3, 2010  10:17 AM ET

"Arsenal did not vin any trophies." - Andrei Arshavin.

Seriously...man up already Andrei. You play in the supposed "greatest" league in the world.
On a team that plays beautiful football. YOU likely make at least $90K/week and you've lost your "sparkle"?

Or...don't worry, with Mr. Injury Robin Van Persie out for a month, you can "sparkle" again.

September 3, 2010  10:23 AM ET

Less sparkling eh? Does he still feel it tingling?

September 3, 2010  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

McBride confirmed to retire at the end of the year.

And there it ends... the old guard will officially be gone. I hope one of these young guns plays as inspired and as fearless as him as they mature...

September 3, 2010  10:28 AM ET
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And there it ends... the old guard will officially be gone. I hope one of these young guns plays as inspired and as fearless as him as they mature...

I hope he gets into coaching. Cletus too. We need more players with their drive at least, if not ability.

September 3, 2010  10:35 AM ET
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I hope he gets into coaching. Cletus too. We need more players with their drive at least, if not ability.

have him join BB to teach Jozy a thing or two

September 3, 2010  10:36 AM ET

This Arshavin guy is making goals, so why would he say that he's lost his 'spark?'

September 3, 2010  10:38 AM ET

Geezus - come on now...Cletus in coaching? Well, maybe he'll be a better coach than player.

I'm sorry but Cletus, until Freddy Adu came along, was THE most overrated US player ever.
(I'm not ranting on you...but now that I am back...there are a few things over the last month I got fired up about, one of them was the Grant Wahl article written about Mathis as he retired).

Cletus had a good 2 year run, including the 2002 World Cup. THEN he got the John Terry, Billy Big Boots syndrome and unfortunately, that doesn't work in the US. He retires and Wahl makes it sound like he had a great career...he let himself be average. He was overrated and definitely underperformed.

We still have Frankie around from the old guard...

September 3, 2010  10:40 AM ET

Ha... nice Washington Post story... "What's Weirder Than A Bull-Shark In The Potomac? Two."

September 3, 2010  10:40 AM ET
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have him join BB to teach Jozy a thing or two

Cletus scored 62 goals during his MLS career...Jozy and other USMNT strikers would learn more from Jason Kreis and his 108 MLS goals than Mathis. Just saying.

September 3, 2010  10:43 AM ET
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Cletus scored 62 goals during his MLS career...Jozy and other USMNT strikers would learn more from Jason Kreis and his 108 MLS goals than Mathis. Just saying.

i was quoting Geezus who was quoting Buff, who was originally referring to BMB. simply put, I hope BMB joins BB to teach jozy a thing or two

September 3, 2010  10:43 AM ET
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Geezus - come on now...Cletus in coaching? Well, maybe he'll be a better coach than player.I'm sorry but Cletus, until Freddy Adu came along, was THE most overrated US player ever.

It's a stretch but if Ben Olsen can get a shot, so can Cletus. Crazier sh!+ has happened.

September 3, 2010  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Cletus scored 62 goals during his MLS career...Jozy and other USMNT strikers would learn more from Jason Kreis and his 108 MLS goals than Mathis. Just saying.

We are definitely on the same page with Kreis at least. He should be one of the main options for Nats coach come post 2014. If it was up to me, he'd already be in USSF already, heading up the U-20 or Olympic teams.

September 3, 2010  10:47 AM ET
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We still have Frankie around from the old guard...

Frankie's like Eddie Lewis... they're just old. Neither were ever particularly good. My old guard... they're the ones that left a mark on US Soccer to help defeat the stygma. Claudio Reyna. BMB. Joe-Max Moore. Preki.

... and I'll exclude goalies, because we actually get respect internationally for our production of quality goalies...

September 3, 2010  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

It's a stretch but if Ben Olsen can get a shot, so can Cletus. Crazier sh!+ has happened.

I will agree with you that Cletus could become a good coach...but he would actually have to try and want to be a good coach.

Something he didn't do for the majority of his career. He thought he could get by with his natural ability and he was mistaken.

September 3, 2010  10:48 AM ET

Whoever wrote this blurb has no idea what they are saying. This quote is taken out of context and Arshavin was not trying to say that he is "uninspired." He was simply stating that since coming to the Arsenal he has matured as a player, and is more effective rather than flashy. Scoring 2 goals in the first 3 games of the season is an unbelievable start, especially when the second was a huge game-winner. He believes that he can become one of Arsenal's most important and consistent players, rather than just a player who can produce a "sparkle."

If you would like to read about what Arshavin really meant, then please visit this link written by a true soccer analyst (not whoever ignorantly wrote this blub)...

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/sport/football/3123929/Andrey-Arshavi n-has-discovered-how-to-be-an-effective-force.html

September 3, 2010  10:50 AM ET
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We are definitely on the same page with Kreis at least. He should be one of the main options for Nats coach come post 2014. If it was up to me, he'd already be in USSF already, heading up the U-20 or Olympic teams.

I think it sucks that some people, like on the CSRN American Soccer Show, think Kreis is too young for the USMNT position. That is a poor reason.

I'm not saying one way or the other that BB should have stayed but I do know that I didn't think Klinsy was the answer. Had Fearless Leader Gulati said, Kinnear, Schmid, or Kreis might be in the running, I would have been OK with that.

 
September 3, 2010  10:51 AM ET
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thesun.co.uk

Right...because in the realm of UK papers...The Sun is legit?
They are a tabloid aren't they?

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