More pressure in Russia than England, insists Arshavin

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta

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Andrey Arshavin says he feels under ‘less pressure’ at Arsenal than he did during his time at Zenit Saint Petersburg.

The Russian playmaker was speaking at an Arsenal Members’ Q&A session at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday where he also revealed what he believes the Gunners must do to beat Barcelona.

“I thought I’d be under pressure, but I haven’t been,” said the 27-year-old. “Here I feel less pressure from newspapers, from everyone.”

When asked how it felt knowing he was Arsenal’s record signing, he said: “I don’t really think about my price, but of course when Arsenal bought me for a record [fee], I thought I must give everything back in my play.”

Arshavin, who has scored 11 goals for Arsène Wenger’s side this season, was reluctant to discuss the glamorous Champions League tie with Barcelona, but he did reveal that he believes that Arsenal “must force them to play in their own half,” in order to be in with a chance of overcoming the reigning champions.

Recalling his memorable performance at Anfield last season where he scored four goals in a thrilling 4-4 draw, he said: “The second goal was my favourite and I was very tired after the game. To be honest I couldn’t realise what had happened.

“Probably in 10 years time I will look back, but now it’s just one game that we drew,” he added.

Arshavin also spoke of a recent game of FIFA 2010 he played against Thomas Vermaelen: “I never play at all except once when we played FIFA 2010. I drew 1-1 with Thomas Vermaelen and at the end of the game I only had nine players!”

Arsenal saw their appeal against Vermaelen’s red card against West Ham on Saturday dismissed by the FA meaning that the Belgian defender will serve a one-match ban and miss Saturday’s trip to Birmingham.

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