Arsenal boss moves quickly to explain Arshavin's critical comments

Arsene Wenger claimed comments attributed to Russian playmaker Andrey Arshavin in the following last Sunday's 3-0 defeat by Chelsea had been taken out of context.

Arsene Wenger claimed comments attributed to Russian playmaker Andrey Arshavin in the following last Sunday's 3-0 defeat by Chelsea had been taken out of context.

Arshavin, who stands 5ft 7in tall, complained that Arsenal "don't have many tall players" and are "not very good".

But Wenger insisted he was referring to the injury-enforced absence of Abou Diaby, Nicklas Bendtner and Robin van Persie – the Gunners biggest players.

"I read the original interview and it is not exactly what he said," explained the Frenchman.

"He said at the moment we are missing some players and that makes it difficult, but the Premier League is difficult.

"You can understand sometimes that after a big-game loss their disappointment gets a little high.

"We were shocked by what happened on Sunday. Sometimes you can't take every word a player says after a game literally, especially when it's translated."

 
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