Arsenal's heroic failure against Milan proved they should have kept Arshavin until the summer

There's no pleasing some people.

When Andrey Arshavin was at Arsenal, he looked disinterested, lazy and as if he wanted to leave.

After getting his wish of a move back to Zenit St Petersburg, then Arsenal were hit by an injury crisis and he was needed against AC Milan.

Arsenal played brilliantly and put on a heroic performance to beat AC Milan 3-0 but ran out of steam because beating the Serie A giants was never an 11 man job. You also needed a strong bench.

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Last season, when Arsenal beat Barcelona, they brought on Arshavin as a 68th minute substitute and the Russian forward ended up scoring a late winner.

I've been one of Arshavin's harshest critics because I could see he was falling well below his own standards.

But to let him go mid-season seemed a crazy gamble which backfired all for the sake of a few weeks' wages. Arshavin wanted to go but no-one should be allowed to get everything they want.

Imagine when Arsenal were flagging in the second half after a heroic opening 45 minutes, if they could have brought on Arshavin. Surely even he would have been interested in such an occasion.

Instead, Arsenal's answer was to bring on Park Chu-Young. But in one revealing moment, Alex Song charged forward, saw Chu-Young to his right but didn't play him in and went alone and lost the ball instead.

Sadly, that suggests to me that Song didn't trust Chu-Young. Arsenal's performance was heroic but it also needed something extra special at the end. Arshavin provided it last season.

Arsene Wenger admitted mixed feelings afterwards. "You could say that. Recently Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is playing on flank. You always think you will miss a player.

"But we missed a player like Mikel Arteta. He got concussion. We were more short in central midfield than the flanks."

Even so, Arsenal still could have done with Arshavin on Wednesday night - and then sold him in the summer.

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