Andrey Arshavin: I Need Time To Adapt To Arsenal

The Russian playmaker has admitted it may be a little while before we see his best form at Arsenal.
Arsenal’s newest recruit, Andrey Arshavin, has admitted that it will take time for him to adjust to life in London.

The Gunners spent most of January chasing the Russian star before finding capturing his signature on transfer deadline day as Arshavin swapped Zenit St Petersburg for Arsenal.

However, speaking to The People, the playmaker admitted that he has a lot to get used to having moved from Russia to England.

“I've never left Russia before, never moved out of St Petersburg,” he confessed.  

“These are completely new feelings for me and I need to get accustomed to them.

“Everything in London is going to be unusual and new for me.”

Yet despite this Arshavin did insist he had no doubts about his new club and that he was hoping his new team-mates would help him settle in to life at the Emirates.

“In professional terms, though, I have no doubts at all that I made the right move. I hope that Arsenal's footballers and staff will help me to adapt,” explained the Russian. “I've already met all the players but of course I can't say I know them. I only had time to say a word or two to them.”

Arsene Wenger’s side make the short trip across the capital to take on neighbours Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon.

Whilst Arshavin is in the squad for the clash, manager Wenger has earlier this week revealed he may have to settle for a place on the bench due to a lack of match fitness.

Gill Clark, Goal.com