Could Arshavin finding his mojo be the catalyst for Arsenal's trophy quest?

By Graham McNorthbank

An hour into last night's battle with Everton, I commented to my Emirates Stadium neighbour that if we could come back from behind to win, then it might just be the making of our season.

Cue the appearance of Andrey Arshavin off the bench and I have to admit, given his recent form I started to think that Arsenal were set for one of those nights.

But I'm delighted to say our Russian pocket rocket proved me wrong and finally reminded us of the kind of form we all know he's capable of.

AA23 showed that it's not just Fabregas who can inspire his team mates and with a calmly taken goal to restore some of his fragile confidence, maybe we're about to see the real Arshavin again.

With Samir Nasri out injured for the next month, the Gunners desperately need someone to step up his game to provide a creative spark, rather than Cesc having to shoulder all that responsibility.

Let's hope that Andrey can be that player - with the team he supports, Barcelona, preparing to meet us in the Champions League later this month, there could be no better time for AA to rediscover his scoring boots.

Before I sign off, just a word about Cesc's alleged foul mouth rant at the match officials last night. The decision to award Everton a goal when Saha was blatantly offside was shocking and the fact that the linesman was able to watch his mistake on the Emirates big screens and still bottle changing his ruling shows what a farce it is not to have video evidence in Premier League football.

I'm not condoning our skipper putting himself in a position where he could get needlessly carded, but if he did say anything in the tunnel it was more than justified. And the fact our captain is a bad loser, I have to admit, suits me just fine.