Is Arshavin’s commitment in doubt?
Arsene Wenger has spoken of his disappointment at the comments attributed to Andrey Arshavin this week.
The 28-year-old Russian reportedly revealed his admiration for the Gunners’ Champions League conquerors Barcelona and expressed a desire to play for the Catalan giants, saying “it would be the pinnacle” of his career.
His agent immediately denied Arshavin was looking for a move, but Wenger, although slightly uncertain if the reports should be taken at face value, is still unhappy with the comments.
“Yes, I am very disappointed because he shows a completely different attitude,” Wenger said.
“He wants to extend his contract with us and stay with us, so the noise coming out of Russia is very difficult to explain. He looks to be very happy here, so you should ask him where it comes from.”
Wenger had every right to show his displeasure. Whether Arshavin’s comments have been taken out of context or badly translated, he should have known better. He should be concentrating on being ready to help justify Arsenal’s Champions League betting odds next season, rather than thinking about other clubs he might be able to win trophies with.
It’s not the first time the Russian’s quotes have hit the headlines. He has, on several occasions, appeared to question Arsenal’s direction during a season of frustration, but he needs to learn and fast if he is to enjoy a long career at The Emirates.
It could have been worse though, he could have voiced his appreciation for North-London rivals Spurs – that would have seen him given the boot straight away.
But on a serious note Wenger is fully committed to the club and it’s only correct he should expect the same from his players.
Meanwhile, another player linked with a move to Barcelona faces a race to be fit for the World Cup.
Cesc Fabregas will play for Spain if he is fit, but with the side currently favourites in the World Cup 2010 betting, manager Vicente del Bosque will know he can’t afford to carry any dead weight if he is to win the tournament.