Andrey Arshavin has finally set the record straight on the affection he is claimed to have for FC Barcelona.
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.”