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Fulham toughest opponent says Arsenal midfielder

last updated Monday 03rd August 2009, 10:51 AM
Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin
Arsenal midfielder
Andrey Arshavin
Andrey Arshavin on Arsenal's toughest opponents: Liverpool were harder than United - but Fulham were no fun at all!

Andrey Arshavin tested himself against the rest of the Big Four following his move to Arsenal in February, but the Russia star rates Fulham as the toughest opponent he has faced so far.

The 28-year-old is in bullish mood going into the new season and has designs on seeing the Gunners leapfrog Manchester United following Cristiano Ronaldo's defection to Real Madrid.

Arshavin twice lined up against the Barclays Premier League champions last season: first in Zenit's defeat of United in the UEFA Super Cup last August, then in Arsenal's goalless draw at Old Trafford in May.

And he certainly doesn't count Sir Alex Ferguson's team as the toughest he's faced.

'None of the teams have been easy,' he told FourFourTwo magazine. 'A lot depends on the course of the game.

'Fulham were a particularly difficult opponent, not fun to play against. They were very organised, very disciplined, constantly closing you down.

Source Ashley Gray at Daily Mirror
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