By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger believes Andrey Arshavin's pessimistic statement about his injury was down to the midfielder's personality.

The 28-year-old had been quoted in a Russian newspaper as stating the worst case scenario is that he would miss the rest of this season after sustaining a calf strain against Barcelona on Wednesday night.

However, Wenger rejected that claim at his pre-Wolves press conference on Friday afternoon.

Speaking later in the day, he explained why Arshavin might have made such a statement.

"It's a bit his character," said the manager. "He is a bit more pessimistic. He is sometimes like that - pessimistic in his statements. But on a daily basis he is a tough boy. He played with stitches, so I am not as pessimistic as he is."

"He speaks his mind but he's not a negative person."

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