Andrei Arshavin must have been devastated by the reaction of the Arsenal fans when he was brought on against Man Utd, which was compounded by the way he let Danny Welbeck walk past him to set up United’s winning goal.
His confidence was low before the incident but what will it be like now? So with the axiom that “If you fall off your bike, you have to get straight back on” then Wenger will surely have to try and restore his confidence by putting him back on the pitch quickly against Aston Villa this weekend.
The game is being played at the Emirates but hopefully it will be a more forgiving crowd for an FA Cup game, and the fans must realise that they have a big part to play in trying to restore confidence in the beleagured Arsenal squad.
Obviously Arsenal fans want Wenger to put out a strong team against Villa as the FA Cup is probably our only real chance of winning a trophy this season, but if YOU were the manager would you have Arshavin down as a starter?