How fickle the mind of the football fan!
It was not so long ago that Andrey Arshavin was the best thing since sliced bread. He was scoring goals for fun, assisting like no tomorrow and lighting up the red half of North London. On the other hand, Samir Nasri was "good" but not good enough. Played well in the Champions League but didn't look like cutting it in the physical Premier League. Now, it seems, the opposite is true.
While Nasri has been ripping defenses to shreds and is an early contender for the EPL player of the year, Arshavin is baring the brunt of the Emirates' ire.
Fans and critics are commenting on his seemingly lack of desire and effort on the pitch. While his goals and assists are up there with the best, his all round game has been lacking.
However, instead of acting the negative, could it be that the little Russian is just off form? Could he be suffering from an injury that is not bad enough to keep him off the field, but bad enough to affect his performances?
Arshavin isn't the type of player to be involved in everything on the pitch. He is someone that causes surprise, be quiet for 89 minutes but light up the entire stadium with one minute of absolute magic.
There is no doubting that he is a fantastic player, and with Nasri, Cesc Fabregas and Robin van Persie all in form, what harm is it in having Arshavin as an impact player seen as he does not need to be relied upon?
Andrey Arshavin will regain that red hot tempo that saw him become a fan favourite so early in is tenure at the Emirates, as they say, form is temporary, class is permanent.