Arsenal’s Wenger: Arshavin is a top professional with a great attitude

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger describes Andrey Arshavin as a "classy" midfielder following his impact against QPR

andrey arshavin
Andrey Arshavin has made five appearances for Arsenal this term Photo: The Sport Review

andrey arshavin

Arsene Wenger has leapt to the defence of Andrey Arshavin following question marks over his attitude at Arsenal.

The Russian playmaker has been limited to just five appearances this term but came off the bench to hit the cross that led to Mikel Arteta’s late winner against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

The 31-year-old’s attitude had been called into question following his return from a short loan spell at Zenit Saint Petersburg in the second half of last season, with the midfielder linked to a permanent move back to Russia over the summer.

But Arsenal boss Wenger has fiercely defended the “classy” midfielder and was thrilled to see him make an impact against QPR.

“I say that because [his attitude] has been questioned. I don’t tolerate that,” Wenger told Arsenal Player. “If that was the case I would not speak about it.

“But Andrey comes in every day and practices well, he is focused and wants to do well. I insist on this, because it was questioned and it is completely unjustified. In this case perception is not reality.

“He is a classy player and a top professional with a great attitude. You could see that when he came on [against QPR], his brightness and his intelligence with the final ball is fantastic.”

Gossip
Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea FC offer Raphinha a five-year contract as Blues eye first summer signing - report
Gossip
Frenkie De Jong
Fabrizio Romano: Man United and FC Barcelona 'clear' on final fee for Frenkie De Jong
Gossip
Raheem Sterling
Reporter claims Raheem Sterling 'will be' a Chelsea FC player this summer
Gossip
Erik ten Hag (Photo: Oleksandr Prykhodko / depositphotos.com)
Chelsea FC, Man United will have to pay €60m for Benoit Badiashile - report
Fabio Vieira
Bruno Fernandes delivers his verdict on Arsenal's signing of Fabio Vieira
Gossip
Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea FC offer Raphinha a five-year contract as Blues eye first summer signing - report
Gossip
Frenkie De Jong
Fabrizio Romano: Man United and FC Barcelona 'clear' on final fee for Frenkie De Jong
Gossip
Raheem Sterling
Reporter claims Raheem Sterling 'will be' a Chelsea FC player this summer
Gossip
Erik ten Hag (Photo: Oleksandr Prykhodko / depositphotos.com)
Chelsea FC, Man United will have to pay €60m for Benoit Badiashile - report
Fabio Vieira
Bruno Fernandes delivers his verdict on Arsenal's signing of Fabio Vieira
Slideshow
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature