Andrey Arshavin played a significant role in Russia's successful bid to host the 2018 World Cup bid.

Amid all the English disappointment over Thursday's FIFA announcement, the Arsenal striker left Zurich with a wide smile as his country prepared to stage the tournament for the first time.

When Andrey returned to England he spoke exclusively to Arsenal TV Online to give his reaction to a momentous week for Russia. He discussed:

  • his emotions as Russia were chosen
  • his presentation in Zurich
  • his emotions when talking about his childhood
  • the English bid
  • FIFA's voting process
  • how the World Cup will change Russia
  • whether he could play at the 2018 World Cup
  • his form this season
  • Arsenal's title challenge
  • finding form at Emirates Stadium

Subscribers can now watch this exclusive interview 'on demand' on Arsenal TV Online.

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