Hiddink backs Arshavin move
Russia coach delighted to see playmaker seal Gunners switch
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: February 12, 2009 12:06pm
Arshavin: Taking on new challenge
Russia boss Guus Hiddink believes Andrey Arshavin's switch to Arsenal was a good move for all concerned.
The Dutchman, who has recently taken the reins at Chelsea until the end of the season, believes the recent deal to take the playmaker to Emirates Stadium will benefit Zenit St Petersburg, the Gunners and Russia.
The substantial fee demanded by Zenit will allow them to bolster their squad, Arsenal have acquired a player of considerable natural talent and Russia can lay claim to another player plying their trade in of Europe's top divisions.
"If you consider all parts of the equation, Zenit, Arsenal, Arshavin, it was a good decision for everyone," said Hiddink.
"Zenit did a lot for Arshavin but he paid them back and at his age (27) it was time to make a change.
"The move will bring great dividends to Arsenal and Arshavin, as well as Russian football as a whole."
Hiddink has also revealed that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger sought his opinion on Arshavin prior to making his move.
"We talked about Arshavin, what he's like as a player, as a person," he added.
"Arsenal's playing style, a short-passing, fast game, will suit Arshavin.
"He is what you call a game breaker, he can decide the outcome of any match.
"I would say those qualities, along with being a very smart and mentally tough player, have convinced Arsene Wenger to sign him."