Russian winger Andrey Arshavin has revealed he believes that his winning goal against Barcelona at the Emirates last week could be the defining moment of his career.
The 29 year-old Arsenal star brilliantly turned in Samir Nasri’s cut back to cap off a fast flowing counter attack for the Gunners, and ensure his team go into the second leg with a one goal lead.
It also saw Barcelona lose only their third game of the season, and was the first time Arsenal had managed to beat Barcelona in six attempts.
Speaking the the clubs official website, Arshavin said, “To score against Barcelona for any player is a very crucial moment, maybe in your career.”
“It doesn’t happen a lot and especially [because] it brought a win.”
Wenger was bought on for Alex Song in an attacking gamble from Arsene Wenger, and the change marked the start of Arsenal fightback.
Arshavin was more modest about his impact, saying, “When I came on I didn’t feel special, I was just calm, and when I had a chance I scored the goal, I did not change the game, I just took my chance. If I changed the game I would say.
“When I was sitting on the bench it looked very tough for us because Barcelona always have a lot of possession – that is why you must be patient.
“After the game I was very excited but now it is in the past and we have to be focused on the next game.”
Arsenal will have to wait until March 8th for their second leg tie in the Nou Camp.