What the papers say: Arshavin's class wows Wenger

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The Sun - Arsenal 4 Blackburn 0

IT takes courage to get stuck into Sam Allardyce’s giants when you are only 5ft 6in. To do it wearing pink boots should come with a health warning.

The Daily Mirror - Arsenal goalkeeped Manuel Almunia accused of head-butting Bolton striker El-Hadji Diouf

Blackburn forward El-Hadji Diouf was caught up in a bitter head-butt row with Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia.

The Daily Mail - Big-money buy Arshavin finally finding his feet at Arsenal

It has taken longer than Arsene Wenger might have wished, but Andrey Arshavin is finally feeling at home at Emirates Stadium.


Arsene Wenger believes Andrey Arshavin has what it takes to become an Arsenal star, after the Russian's match-winning turn in the 4-0 win against Blackburn on Saturday.


ANDREYArshavin arrived at the Emirates in pink boots and wearing black gloves.

The Times - Blackburn Rovers bewitched by Andrey Arshavin magic show

There was consternation in North London last month that Arsène Wenger had ventured into the land of Jack and the Beanstalk when he bought Andrey Arshavin. Arsenal needed a player with maturity and experience who could hit the ground running and steer the club towards silverware. Instead, Wenger appeared to have wasted his money on the beans that comprised a short, unfit Russian who wears gloves on a mild spring afternoon.

The Independent - Arshavin finds his feet to give legs to Arsenal's revival

Suddenly the confidence is back, and so are Arsenal. A season that was descending into dissent, with players squabbling and fans not just jeering players, but even questioning Arsène Wenger, has been transformed by 10 goals in three domestic games, and a Roman triumph.

The Telegraph - Andrei Arshavin shows why he was worth the wait for Arsenal

He is, according to his manager, a man who likes a challenge. And Andrei Arshavin, in his own words, is also man who likes the company of his wife.

The Guardian - Arshavin smooths Arsenal's way with silk and steel

When El-Hadji Diouf very deliberately leaves the pitch last and, as he does, blows theatrical kisses at the gallery, opposing supporters normally react in one way. That Arsenal's fans bucked convention and could afford to smile at Blackburn's pantomime villain spoke volumes about the comfort of their afternoon.

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