Arsenal finally get their man, but don't expect him to be our hero against Tottenham

The longest saga of this or any other transfer window finally came to an end last night - a full 24 hours after the deadline for deals had elapsed - when Arsenal were able to confirm the capture of Andrei Arshavin.

The 27-year-old is either the club's most expensive signing ever or he was a bargain - or both - depending on which news report you believe, but whatever the truth is, I for one am glad he's now a Gunner because us Addicts are in need of a bit of good news.

Any Gooners hoping to see at first hand exactly what we've shelled out all those millions for, could be in for a bit of a wait though, as Andrei is believed to be back in Russia today tidying up loose ends.

More to the point, he's doing what he has to do to get a work permit so that he can play football in England.

That hiccup, as well as the fact that the Russian playmaker is not match fit, could mean that we won't see him in an Arsenal strip until the FA Cup replay against Cardiff on February 16...

There's no doubt that Andrei will give us fresh legs, but he has not played a competitive game since November and, a bit like Eduardo, he's short of match fitness meaning that even if his work permit is processed before this weekend, Wenger will be unlikely to name him in the squad for the North London derby.

Robbie Keane, on the other hand, is certain to start for the Spuds and given his scoring record against Arsenal, it looks like advantage Tottenham when it comes to the lift the club's new signings can give to the team going into the game at LightWeight Lane on Sunday.

Keane loves to score against the Gunners, but then again Emmanuel Adebayor has notched eight goals in his last seven games against the Spuds and if he can ensure a victory for the Gunners on Sunday, then he'll win over a few of the doubting Gooners who have been grumbling that his goalscoring record last season was a one-off fluke.

The bottom line is that Arshavin may visit the gulag at the wrong end of Seven Sisters Road on Sunday, but it's almost certain that it will be as a spectator, so it's still up to Le Gaffer to get more out of the squad he's been working with all season.

The 4-4 draw at Emirates in October undoubtedly gave the Spuds (then bottom of the league) some hope, while it caused a mini confidence crisis among the Arsenal players.

A good result on Sunday is vital if Arsenal are going to start climbing the table - and what better way to welcome our new recruit to the Home of Football?!