Andrei Arshavin: The Cure For an Ailing Premiership?

illya mclellan@illya mclellan @illbehaviorNZSenior Analyst IOctober 20, 2009

WEST BROMWICH, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 03:  Andrei Arshavin of Arsenal celebrates after setting up the second goal for his team during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on March 3, 2009 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Amidst all the wailing and gnashing of teeth that has been taking place as the "big four" and their fans suffer the ignominy of having to work for results this year, it has been a revelation of sorts to see one footballer in particular who is really enjoying himself.

The little Russian maestro, Andrei Sergeyevich Arshavin, has brought a smile back to the face of the Premiership with a cheeky freestyle method that is not only enjoyable for fans of the gunners but for football lovers in general.

His general demeanor off the pitch is refreshing as well, as he has a humorous remark ready to deliver in most interviews and seems to be endowed with the humility that often comes with being at the top of your game.

These qualities alone make him a precious commodity in world football, but when you couple this with stunning technique and a natural goalscoring ability, you have a player who is very different to the stars that we have grown accustomed to seeing over the years.

Bursting on to the scene last season when he was signed in the January transfer window, it was interesting to see that many were unsure about whether he was all he had been hyped up to be after his fantastic performances at the Euro.

It was not long before he let his actions show that he was in fact an excellent signing, when he picked up the April 2009 player of the month award with some electrifying displays and proved he was definitely capable of living up to the expectations of Arsenal fans, who as Eboue will attest, are not always the most accommodating supporters.

He is however, not only good for Arsenal, he is good for the Premiership as he is in some ways a very old fashioned player and something very different than the pompous and preening twits who we have grown used to seeing from week to week.

This is something to do with the way he tends to go about his business and the obvious joy that he experiences doing so. It is also to do with the class that he has and the promise that this class has shown, that there is still more to come from him as a player.

His single-handed dominance of Manchester United before he was taken out of the tie, in a horrible foul that was an obvious penalty a few weeks ago, was quite wonderful to watch and it was very disappointing to see him trudge off injured soon afterward.

Funny as it may seem, this writer has always preferred United to Arsenal, though when you love football, it is the football you love in the end more than the teams that are represented.

Andrei Arshavin could well be one of Wenger's best ever signings, this season will go along way in showing whether the old fox has done it again.

Arsenal are very much in contention for this seasons honors and the little Russian Arshavin will be a huge part of it.