In part two of our ‘Where are they now’ series looking at how the players who left in the summer are now getting on, we saw what Arshavin, Watt, Neita, Rees, Shea & Mannone are now doing.
The Russian playmaker rejoined Zenit Saint Petersberg in June. He scored on his 2nd league appearance for his new (old) club and also scored in the Champions League, showing he still has the ability to produce on a big stage. He has since played 17 games for Zenith, scoring 4 and assisting 7. Producing in his favoured number 10 role, he has found himself on the bench a couple of times. Could a decent season force his way back into the Russian squad, to play his first game since 2012. With Russia almost certain to qualify, could he be on the plane to Brazil?
Joining Craig Eastmond at Colchester, he has failed to make the impact his former Arsenal team mate has done at the Essex club due to injury. Having started the 1st league games of Colcheter’s season, he has torn his hamstring and suffered a thigh strain. Having played just 11 games in 13 months at Colchester (including his loan spell) I am actually surprised Arsenal let him go! If he gets fit, he will rip League One apart. But Watt and fitness go’s together like Diaby and fitness.
It seems he is without a club since leaving us. The speedy striker should probably start seeking employment elsewhere.
Has since joined Nottingham Forest, where he has played 3 games for their under 21’s scoring once in a 3-0 victory over Birmingham City U21’s. Not yet had a sniff of 1st team action.
Many years ago (2010 to be exact) Shea trained with England at London Colney when they were 2 goal keepers short for training. He once made the bench in a Champions League tie. Last Saturday he played for Needham Market in a 2-1 victory in the FA Cup Third Qualifying Round against Suffolk rivals AFC Subdury. He has only signed for the club for the single game. He is still officially without a club, but has been allowed to continue to train at Arsenal, the club he has been with since 10 years old, to maintain his fitness.
Joined the cuckoos next which is Sunderland, he started the majority of the Black Cats games in pre-season, including both games in the Premier League Asia Trophy. It looked like he would start the season as their number 1, however Paolo Di Canio went for Kieren Westwood when it came to the 1st game of the season. With Di Canio’s departure, Mannone has remained on the bench. We wait with baited breath to see if he will be on the team sheet for Gus Poyet’s 1st game after the international break.
Tomorrow: Charles-Cook, Meade, Squillaci, Santos & RobertsKeenos