SOME of Arsenal’s established stars are jealous of the immediate impact Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin has made at the club, according to his agent.
He’s hinted that the club is dominated negatively by French speakers, and that many of the more established players at the club are jealous of Arshavin’s growing status as a hero to the Emirates faithful and within English football as a whole.
Controversial agent Dennis Lachter is quoted in a Russian newspaper as saying: “The players of Arsenal are not easy to deal with. The squad consists almost entirely of foreigners. The French diaspora rules there.
“Also there are guys — like (Robin) van Persie and (Cesc) Fabregas — who are rather jealous about Andrei’s fast growing popularity in England. But such situation can only add motivation for him to work harder.”
Lachter went on to hint that Arshavin had been the butt of some mockery from the team, and also that other clubs, one of whom is alleged to be Barcelona, were still hovering with a lingering intention of prising him away from the Emirates, should the opportunity arise, largely because the Russian was unhappy with playing on the left.
“’He was a target of jokes. Not very smart jokes, I must admit. But that’s a football team for you.
Such jokes are the same everywhere,” the agent explained, before adding that Arshavin was nonetheless “not going to leave”.
Meanwhile, Arsenal’s young Mexican striker Carlos Vela has travelled to Manchester ahead of tonight’s Champions League game after spending a day in quarantine due to fears over the swine flu outbreak.
Vela, 20, was told to stay away from training yesterday after a visit by some Mexican friends last week.
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