Andriy Arshavin is busy thumbing his nose at Wenger and going n-yah n-yah. The little Russian was as incisive as one can remember and Alan Dzagoev showed why he will be a superstar. Maybe Arsene Wenger can chalk him up as a possible replacement to Robin Van Persie should he leave? As for Arshavin he clearly bested his Arsenal compatriot Tomas Rosicky, in the battle of creative cogs.
Dzagoev's brace was timely because his compatriot Aleksandr Kherzhakov had left behind his shooting boots. Russia also got goals from Roman Shirakov and Roman Pavlyuchenko. The Czechs got their consolation from Vaclav Pilar as Jaroslav Plaisil split the defense with a nice outlet.
The Russians are clearly the class of Group A and on this performance there should be no problems topping the group. On the other hand, the Czechs now face an uphill climb with such an adverse goal differential.