Arsenal attacker Arshavin: Gazza my hero

Arsenal attacker Andrey Arshavin admits Tottenham legend Paul Gascoigne was his hero.

Arsenal attacker Andrey Arshavin admits Tottenham legend Paul Gascoigne was his hero.

Arshavin was not quite 10 when Gascoigne scored the famous free-kick in Tottenham's FA Cup semi-final win over Arsenal at Wembley in 1991 and is set to start for Wenger's team in today's fifth-round tie against Burnley.

He said: "I liked Paul Gascoigne a lot. He was an extraordinary person both on and outside the pitch."

When reminded of Gascoigne's colourful past and affiliation to Spurs, Arshavin insisted: "I still liked him.

"He always remained his own self which in my opinion is of utmost importance in every man's life."

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