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ARSENAL IN 2009: Arshavin arrives with goals galore, Adebayor becomes City slicker

PUBLISHED: 15:22 30 December 2009 | UPDATED: 16:40 07 September 2010

Jem Maidment looks back on an eventful ten years. 2009: Russian Andrey Arshavin finally signs for the club in February – and stuns English football with all four goals in a 4-4 draw at Liverpool. I will get better next season, he promises. Arsenal rem

Jem Maidment looks back on an eventful ten years.

2009:

Russian Andrey Arshavin finally signs for the club in February - and stuns English football with all four goals in a 4-4 draw at Liverpool.

"I will get better next season," he promises.

Arsenal remained unbeaten in the league until a horror May shattered their season.

Manchester United were 4-1 aggregate winners in the Champions League semi-final.

After a 3-1 home loss in the second leg, defender Kolo Toure said: "We were unlucky we played against one of the best teams in Europe."

Arsenal's 21-game unbeaten league run - without injured skipper Cesc Fabregas - ended in the next game as Chelsea won 4-1 at Emirates - the biggest defeat at the new stadium.

On a brighter note, Arsenal won their third FA Youth Cup of the decade with a 6-2 aggregate win over Liverpool.

Boo-boy target Emmanuel Adebayor vowed to stay - and promptly left for Manchester City alongside Toure for a combined fee of £41million.

Stan Kroenke upped his stake in the club to 29.9 per cent while Alisher Usmanov also snapped up shares to own more than a quarter of the club as the ownership issue promised to come to a head in 2010.


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