Arsenal boss moves quickly to explain Arshavin's critical comments
Arshavin, who stands 5ft 7in tall, complained that Arsenal "don't have many tall players" and are "not very good".
"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."