Andrey Arshavin has named his hardest two opponents he ever faced in his time playing for Arsenal in the Premier League.

Moving from Zenith St. Petersburg in 2009 to Arsenal, he spent four seasons with The Gunners and he revealed the Manchester United defensive pair Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand were “Bulls.”

The Emirates Stadium

He stated the fact that there were so many great players in the Premier League at his time at Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.

“But the toughest was the two defenders, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. When they played together they were like bulls. You could no go through” said Arshavin in an interview with 888sport.

Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic Straightening the defense line

Arshavin 38 and retired looking back in his days back in happy days English Premier League feels those two were an amazing duo and tough to penetrate as an attacker.

He spent quite a good time at Arsenal under manager Arsene Wenger making his debut in goalless draw fixture at The Emirates against Sunderland. He lauded former Arsenal Manager Wenger for his greatness even though he feels the manager was not the best he ever played under.

“Big respect to Arsene Wenger. For me, he was one of the best. But under the two Dutch guys Guus Hiddink and dick Advocaat, I played my best performances so for me personally they were a little bit better.

“My only regrets is that I didn’t win trophies with Arsenal, especially the league cup final against Birmingham who was relegated after. Even that final we lost.

“The problem was that every year we could lose players. First Samir Nasri, then Cesc, then Robin van Persie.

“If we could have kept that squad for two or three years it would have been different, I guess.”


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