Andrey Arshavin has lifted the lid on why he hasn’t given an interview to a British newspaper this year, admitting that they are ‘inaccurate’ and ‘twist’ what he says.
Last season, the outspoken Arsenal midfielder was misquoted as saying he ‘wants to leave Arsenal’, with the Russian maestro quickly having to deny those reports.
Arshavin’s refusal to talk with British newspapers means that the Russian media provide the main source of information for the 29-year-old, and he confesses that the situation still hasn’t improved because of the poor interpretations from English news outlets.
“This year I didn’t give a single interview to the English media – not because I don’t like them, but rather because I understood one thing: there are some nuances which can be expressed with very accurate words only. I’m not always able to find such words in English. Because of this, the meaning gets changed – and you should also add here the journalists that would twist what I’ve said,” Arshavin told Sport.RU.
“However, it didn’t get any better after I decided not to talk to them. Now the British media take my interviews in Russia and translate them at random. And the situation gets even more absurd, when some of the domestic media take this English translation and it back into Russian.”
Arshavin joined the Gunners during the 2009 January transfer window and has scored 28 goals in over 100 appearances for the club.
He featured in all bar one of Arsenal’s games in the Premier League this season, but is not a guaranteed starter in Wenger’s starting XI due to his inconsistent form.