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.”
Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player now.
Join the conversation on Twitter: #RFCvAFCCopyright 2016 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source