By 1970’s Gooner
Andrey Arshavin has been taking private English language lessons in the last year in preparation for his eventual move to England.
He has managed to master the language at a fairly adequate level as we have witnessed during his interviews with Sky Television and Arsenal TV. You can watch one of his interviews above.
What he didn’t bargain for however was that all his efforts have gone to waste as to his great amazement hardly anyone speaks English at the Arsenal training ground!
In fact it is French he should have studied not English as he admitted during an interview he gave to a Russian TV station «News»:
“I sat in the (Arsenal) locker room, but there was continuous French, so it generally is a very big problem. But, I hope the language barrier is quickly overcome”!
He should have known better of course as there are only a few British players at any one time on the training ground or in the dressing room. The vast majority of the important players are indeed French or French speakers.
His English of course will help him outside the training ground as he settles down to life in England with his wife and two children.