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Arshavin gets Zidane´s stamp of approval

SoccerNews in Ligue 1 22 Jun 2008

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Russia's playmaker Andrei Arshavin is set to have a great career France football legend Zinedine Zidane told AFP on Sunday.

The 27-year-old Arshavin has shone as Russia have made the Euro 2008 semi-finals, starring in both the 2-0 win over Sweden and then the 3-1 victory over Holland in the quarter-final on Saturday, scoring in both.

“The Russian number 10, it is his first major finals and he hasn't stopped posing questions for the opposition, as if he has been always doing just that,” said Zidane.

“He had a great season with Zenit St-Petersburg (he was named Russian player of the year after they won the title for the first time since the fall of Communism and went on to win the UEFA Cup), but the Euro is another matter entirely.

“I see it like this: The Euro is even tougher than the World Cup.

“Thus, anyone who has a huge Euro is set to have a great career, it doesn't work out any other way than that.”

Arshavin, who is rumoured to be a 10million pounds target for Premiership giants Arsenal, was suspended for the first two matches here for being sent-off in the Russians final Euro qualifier against Andorra.

However, he has fully justified coach Guus Hiddink's decision to select him in the squad in the knowledge that he was unavailable for the first two group games and on Thursday will seek to inspire Russia into their first major final since the Soviet Union lost to Holland in the 1988 Euro final.

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