Romantsev: Pav should have joined Arsenal

Roman Pavlyuchenko should have signed for Arsenal, not Tottenham Hotspur, according to the Russian's former coach Oleg Romantsev.

The 27-year-old has endured an exhaustive and frustrating first season at White Hart Lane, after arriving in North London last September having not had a significant rest from domestic duties with Spartak Moscow and international action with his country at Euro 2008.

The £13.8 million signing has made just 24 Premier League appearances for Spurs in 2008/09, scoring five goals - the last in Tottenham's 1-0 win over London rivals West Ham in April.

But Romantsev, who has also coached the striker for the Russian national side, believes Harry Redknapp's "powerhouse" approach will never suit Pavlyuchenko's style, and that he should have followed fellow countryman Andriy Arshavin to the Emirates Stadium.

"I was never against my players' moves into European premier leagues, but for me the most important thing was that they went to the right teams for them," he said in the Daily Mail.

"I wish Pavlyuchenko had talked to me before his move to London. It is going to be very hard for him at Tottenham. That team is not for him.

"They play a powerhouse sort of football with a lot of crosses and tussling for the ball. I don't mean they play badly, such football is liked by many people. But Pavlyuchenko is more used to a technical game.

"'Tottenham also have three other classy forwards who are better adapted to such football. I'm worried about Roman but still hope he's going to make it back into the starting line-up.

"Arsenal's football style is much closer to that of Spartak. They play a very technical game with a lot of fast, short or medium range passing and inventive, unorthodox moves. Arshavin was luckier with his choice of English team." 

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