47.01% of you felt he should be allowed to leave only if a world class replacement was found.
23.08% felt No, as his occasional brilliance could yet prove vital,
23.08% felt Yes it would be a Brucey bonus, and
6.84% said Only if we get our transfer fee back.
Pav was a panic buy at the end of a window and at the time maybe the wrong Russian. Yet Arshavin has also been in and out of form and in terms of the Premier League and I remain unconvinced that Russians are suited to the pace of our game. Let me know if I’ve got this wrong!
For us to replace him in the way that you wish we may need to adopt a different strategy to our transfer dealings and this was the subject of a recent article that you may not have seen entitled, “Good deals, bad deals, no deals, new strategy needed”. Click the title if you missed it.
This month’s poll looks at the Premier League fixtures between today and our next home fixture against West Ham United on March 17 as the Arsenal fixture has been moved due to their involvement in a Wembley final in the trophy they love to rubbish! As a consequence we have a visit to Sunderland, followed by a visit to Blackpool and then a trip to Molineux.
If we look back to last year and replace Blackpool with Burnley this produced 0 from 9 points, as out 2009/10 points V opponents shows, but this year to keep up a challenge we need to do better.
So can we?
Our regional points indicate 1 from 3 in the North East, 8 from 12 in the Midlands but it is the North West in which we struggle most with only 3 from 12. The Blackpool game is a rearrangement from the pre Christmas weather problems and Blackpool’s form has fallen since that time yet they can be free scoring if allowed possession.
So what will our tally be?