Some Arsenal fans have been against Arshavin’s stay at the club ever since the Russian declared his admiration for Fabregas’ suitors, Barcelona.
The 28-year-old, once pictured with a Barca shirt in 2008, came very close to joining the Spanish champions before signing for Arsenal six months later and has scarcely hidden the fact that he is a fan of the Catalan club.
But Andrey explained that topic better in a forum held on his personal site on Sunday.
When a fan asked: “You used to say that Barcelona was your dream, but in an interview to Arsenal you said that you wanted to move to this club in particular. What should I think?“, Arshavin responded:
“As a child I supported Barcelona, I do not deny that. Actually I continue to root for Barca in the Spanish Championship.”
“As for the English Championship, I’ve always liked Arsenal, so when I had an opportunity to join this club, I happily agreed.
Some of Arshavin’s indifferent performances last season may contradict these claims but the former Zenit man has re-iterated his loyalty to Arsenal.
“So I’ve never seen myself as a player of any other English club. Again, I am a Gunner, and I am satisfied with everything.”