By Rhonda Richards | In General
Micah Richards has been cited by Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin as one of the most difficult opponents he has faced since arriving in England, following on from similar comments made by Manchester United’s Carlos Tevez a few weeks ago.
The Russia international joined The Gunners from Zenit St Petersburg for £15 million in January and has already made an impression, including the sensational four goals he scored against Liverpool in the 4-4 draw.
Arshavin came up against 20-year old Micah in Arsenal’s 2-0 win over Manchester City last month, an experience that has left a lasting impression on the 27-year old.
Speaking on the transition from Russian football to the Premier League, he said:
“I’m not afraid to be in a battle but if it’s a Micah Richards or a Robert Huth I’m up against? I’m only half their size!
When the defenders are that big, you can’t fight them. You have to use your brain against them.”
The comments echo Tevez’ sentiments. When asked about the toughest defender he had faced, the Argentina international selected Micah following a number of battles between the pair in recent years.
Micah played the full 90 minutes of City’s 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers in their last league outing, putting in a combative performance from right-back, and he showed no ill-effects of the knee injury sustained against Everton in the previous fixture.