Thanks to Minsk Gunner for providing the link… (In Russian!)
We thought we’d get this out early… so a rare night post from Le Grove!
Tell me straight, why do you want to leave Arsenal? After all, they are a great club, always the leaders, this year they were the strongest in the league until they capitulated in the Premier League.
Is it only money that is the problem? Is working for a club that pays crap money the problem?
In life, everything changes. I believe that in world football there is 10 top clubs, and when a couple of those clubs are interested in you and they offer better terms, you have to listen. But Arsenal have helped me, I am grateful to Wenger for what he did for me.
Alexander, what club will you play for next season?
I still do not know myself yet. I am in Negotiations with 2 clubs. In the near future, everything must decide. I commend the “Barcelona” offer.
How do you feel about head coach, Arsene Wenger?
I talked with Arsene twice before the end of the season. I am also not so easy to shy away from this club, because for me it is home. I think he is upset. Although you better ask him, suddenly he was less than pleased.
How do you feel about Inter and the Russians?
Honestly, I would not like to talk critically about Inter. I do not know what happened. The chances have increased for all Belarussian players. If we are coming into contact with World Cup, the chances increase many times over. Russians have been great – they spent two cool games (with Sweden and Holland) and now all the players have a lot of offers from foreign clubs. Therefore, I repeat, everything depends on us.
Do you have a deteriorated personal relationship with Wenger after you spoke in Milan?
There was not nothing. It is not all so bleak. This is all nonsense… Some ice cream was eaten…. Basically, I just gave them tickets, because my son Nicholas Shpilevskogo agent arrived at the game, I passed through these people and gave my friends tickets. This does not mean I have been offered to Inter. I have a normal relationship with Wenger.
Maybe if Arsenal sell Adebayor, and buy Arshavin, you will stay?
He is a very cool and talented football player. He has all the ingredients to become great. I would advise “Arsenal” not to sell. Arshavin has so many proposals. I always liked watching him. Sometimes he did not know how good he was, I had a feeling that he would shine… I think that every club will want him which is good. Players with such class should be in the Premiership. Maybe we will find them in one of our clubs this season. This is possible. Let’s see.
Already this year Arsenal are in a strong position, they are a forward-looking team aspiring to much greatness, but they remain without a trophy, what’s the reason?
This season “Arsenal” lacked confidence, or something. A recession. Even though it is hard to explain. After Eduardo broken leg and had a fracture, we lost the advantage.
Who is your idol?
I have one Idol – Zidane. Since he ended his career, I have two players that I liked very much, Messi and Fabregas.
I think this is still a very young team and they lacked the class.
Make of that what you will… but the comment, ‘What he did for me’ says a lot!
Enjoy your evening!