Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is mystified by Andrey Arshavin’s recent comments suggesting the Russia international is looking to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer.
The 28-year-old, who Wenger signed from Zenit St Petersburg 15 months ago, spoke earlier this week of his desire to move to a club like Barcelona.
Arshavin has also said in the past that he is unhappy with the role he has been asked to fill by Wenger at times this term but the Gunners boss is still surprised by the Russian’s latest quotes.
Wenger admitted:“Yes, I am very disappointed (by his comments) because he shows a completely different attitude.
“He wants to extend his contract with us and stay with us, so the noise coming out of Russia is very difficult to explain. He looks to be very happy here, so you should ask him where it comes from.
“We do not, of course, accept that. When you are at Arsenal, you are at Arsenal. When you are somewhere else, you are somewhere else. I believe that your pride means that you defend your club.
“Everybody has the freedom to speak, but you want to make sure first of all that you respect your club.
“I just put one question mark behind the things that come back translated. Usually you have direct access to him, you can ask him where that comes from.
“I don’t forbid you to talk to him, but I take with a little bit of distance what comes back translated sometimes with the help of some agents who want to move the players.”