By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger says he will not tolerate any questioning of Andrey Arshavin’s attitude and insists he remains a “top professional”.

The Russian schemer stepped off the bench to provide the cross that led to Mikel Arteta’s winning goal against QPR on Saturday.

The 31-year-old is now expected to feature against Reading in the Capital One Cup, and Wenger has hailed the playmaker’s approach..

“I say that because [his attitude] has been questioned. I don't tolerate that,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “If that was the case I would not speak about it.

“But Andrey comes in every day and practices well, he is focused and wants to do well. I insist on this, because it was questioned and it is completely unjustified. In this case perception is not reality.

“He is a classy player and a top professional with a great attitude. You could see that when he came on [against QPR], his brightness and his intelligence with the final ball is fantastic.”

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