While domestic football will still be on the mind of many football fans across Europe, the real story for the next six weeks or so is going to be the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The summer spectacular is going to bring millions of supporters together in unison, and while many will suffer disappointment, the tournament allows a lot of people to forget about their problems and focus on one of life’s greatest joys: football.
With that being said, it’s also a great opportunity for managers to take a look at potential players they can bring in following the conclusion of the WC. Some will work out and others won’t, but taking the risk is part of the fun, and sometimes, you need to stick your neck out on the line in the hope of adding even more quality to your ranks.
Unai Emery will be one such example of a boss who may be looking to secure the services of the next big thing, and when you look back over the last decade or so of World Cups and European Championships, there’s one man that stands out as a notable acquisition for the Gunners – and that’s Russian superstar Andrey Arshavin.
While he may not have become an all-time legend at the Emirates, nobody can deny that he had some really important moments for the club. The goal against Barcelona and his four-goal haul against Liverpool stand out as particular highlights, and the origin of his entire journey began a few months prior to his move at the aforementioned European Championships.
Arshavin, who was just 27 years of age at the time, lit up the tournament and certainly gained a lot of attention because of it. Teams from around Europe were interested in bringing him to their club, and in the end, Arsenal managed to beat them to the post and sign him.
Finding that next diamond in the rough is going to be something that Emery will surely be interested in doing, even if it seems like he wants to get most of his business done before the World Cup even begins. He has an eye for talent and sometimes, the most notable names are the ones who are tucked away in national teams that nobody expects to do anything of note.
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