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Arsenal boss Wenger: Arshavin can be as big as Ronaldo

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he's rescued the Premiership's global popularity by signing Andrey Arshavin. After Manchester United sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Real Madrid and Liverpool lost Xabi Alonso also to the Spanish giants, Wenger says: "The Premier League needs a star like Arshavin now that Cristiano Ronaldo has gone.

"Arshavin stands for all that we love in football.

"He is not only a great player but he has an honest, refreshing attitude. When there's no penalty, he never complains. He's not a drama queen. He's fantastic for the Premier League.

"Four or five years ago, the likes of Messi or Kaka would have come to England [rather than Spain] so it is important we have great players like Arshavin.''

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