"Yesterday I was in Abu Dhabi with Spartak Moscow and I got a phone call asking if I would like to go to Arsenal on loan for a few months. I thought 'Absolutely, why not?'. So I quickly went back to the hotel, got my stuff and went to the airport as fast as I could! I flew into London today. Now I just want to settle down as fast as I can and prepare for the games ahead," he told arsenal.com.
"I have never played against Arsenal but I have played against lots of English clubs. Like everyone, I feel this is a very big club that creates very good football to watch. I know that Arsenal have a lot of skilful players and can score lots of goals. Halfway through the season, they have done really well and put themselves in position to win some trophies, so I just want to come here and help Arsenal as much as I can until the end of the season."