Former Arsenal and Russia star Andrey Arshavin has announced that he would have forgotten the date of his career-best club soccer success if it hadn’t been for social media.
Football fans who checked their Twitter schedules on Wednesday may have been reminded that it has been 12 years since Arshavin scored four goals for Arsene Wenger’s men at Anfield.
The man himself, however, was no smarter.
Russian wing wizard Arshavin scored four times incredibly well when the Gunners drew 4-4 in their Premier League against Liverpool on April 21, 2009.
When the Reds ended up four points behind bitter rivals and champions Manchester United in this season’s title race, losing those points proved costly for a strong team led by Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.
# That day in 2009, Andrey Arshavin went on turbo against Liverpool at Anfield. Also see how fast he runs on this counterattack to score his fourth goal in the nineteenth minute. Damn bright.pic.twitter.com/y1j8Kf1mZQ
– WORLDWIDE (@MundialMag) April 21, 2021
It’s a clash instantly engraved on English football folklore and considered one of the greatest ever to be played in the Premiership. Arshavin’s Router is also considered to be one of the best solo shows the world’s most watched top league has ever produced.
Despite having numerous fan accounts on the anniversary of the remarkable achievement, Arshavin himself humbly admitted that it is not a date that he has noted on his calendar.
“To be honest, I would not have remembered it was 12 years ago without social media,” Arshavin said Thursday on RT Sport in the Gazprom Arena in Zenit St. Petersburg at an event that was 50 days before the end stood until the Euro 2020 starts.
He added, “If I don’t think about it, it doesn’t bring back emotions.
“Maybe I could say something when I go back to Anfield and get on the pitch.
“But yesterday I was calm. As I said, I wouldn’t even have known if it hadn’t been for social media. “
For Arshavin, these exploits were in the past. One event that is fast approaching is this summer’s European Championship – a tournament he knows well too, having played in Russia’s remarkable semi-finals in 2008.
It was this spectacular shape that helped draw Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s eye and cemented a move to north London about six months later.
This time around, the 39-year-old is beating the drum for his hometown of St. Petersburg, which will host at least four matches at Euro 2020, and possibly more, with news that UEFA will reassign matches from Dublin.
“As I see and understand, our city has long been ready for the euro. It was ready a year ago and even more so now, “Arshavin told RT Sport.
“I don’t think additional games will create additional organizational difficulties.
“One of our advantages is that we can almost 100% guarantee that we are running at 50% capacity. That may change in 50 days, but only for the better.
“I think playing with fans in a beautiful city like this means that St. Petersburg can take advantage of that to host more games.”
As for Russia’s chances, Arshavin said he was confident they would at least get out of a tricky group with Denmark, Finland and world number 1 Belgium.