What the papers say: Arshavin fails to inspire misfiring Arsenal

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The News of the World ARSENAL 0, SUNDERLAND 0
YOU wouldn’t fancy your chances in a game of Russian roulette with Arsenal. They just keep on firing blanks. 

The Sunday Mirror - Misfiring Gunners booed off
Arsenal's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League took another blow yesterday when they recorded their third goalless draw in a row - and drew more boos from their frustrated fans.

The Mail on Sunday - Arsenal 0 Sunderland 0: New Arshavin but same old story...
He looked every diminutive inch an Arsene Wenger player - poised and balanced, with neat control, perceptive passing and lively movement. And there is the concern for Arsenal: Andrei Arshavin may not bring too much that is new to the Emirates party.

Arsene Wenger admitted shot-shy Arsenal were "nervous" after they failed to score in the Barclays Premier League for a third successive game - but maintained the Gunners can still force their way back into the top four.

The Sunday People - Arsenal 0-0 Sunderland
Finally, the wait is over for Arsenal fans. Not for a league goal, this was their third goalless draw in succession, and not for a league win - it's four games since they claimed one of those. But at long last, Andrey Arshavin made his debut and he did so with an hour-long performance well worth hanging on for.

The Sunday Times - Gunners disarmed as they fail to close gap
SHOULD Arsenal have kept Andrey Arshavin on the field, rather than substituting him after 18 minutes of the second half? Certainly his bright, confident display was the chief consolation of the afternoon for Arsenal fans, who have clearly taken him to their hearts.

The Independent on Sunday - Arshavin fails to cure striking deficiency
Plus ça change, and all that. This was not supposed to be a sombre anniversary for Arsenal, but a fresh start. On the equivalent afternoon last year, a gruesome injury to Eduardo and a late Birmingham penalty had left William Gallas on his posterior and his team on its knees. But the week had begun with an emotional comeback from the mutilated striker, and here, making his debut, was one of the most sumptuous talents in the world game in Andrey Arshavin.

The Sunday Telegraph - Andrei Arshavin unable to inspire Arsenal to win on debut
The replica shirts were out in force, the sense of anticipation intense. After his interminably protracted transfer, Andrei Arshavin responded with a debut of immense promise on Saturday but that was only positive the Arsenal faithful could take from yet another stalemate that only served to fuel growing concern around the Emirates. 

The Observer - Arshavin unable to inspire Arsenal in Sunderland stalemate
Emmanuel Adebayor, Eduardo, Cesc Fábregas and Tomas Rosicky sat in a row behind the dugout in their civvies watching their team-mates toil. It is the story of Arsenal's season. There has not been enough creativity on the pitch.

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