Andrei Arshavin loves the ladies, but not if they want to drive or smoke

Who will rescue Arsenal star from 1950s time warp?

Andrei Arshavin

We all know that Russia is a modern oasis of culture, where misogyny, racism and drunken political violence are a thing of the past.* Despite this, some of its citizens do not hold particularly enlightened views on the world. In his bizarrely-titled book 555 Questions And Answers On Women, Money, Politics, Football, Andrei Arshavin states that women should not have driving licences:

“If I had it in my power to introduce a ban on women driving cars and to withdraw all their licences, I would do it without thinking twice.”

“In my opinion a woman and a man are two absolutely different creatures.”

Female football fans will also be delighted to hear that Arshavin thinks you should leave the cancer sticks alone. ”I dislike women who smoke – and lies,” he said in December. Well put, comrade.

Here’s some more Andrei/ Andrey/ Andriy facts that we learn from this morning’s Sun newspaper:

  • He was once hit by a car on the way to training, which sent him “ten metres into the air”. [Ten metres? How fast was the car going and how the hell did he survive?]
  • Arsahvin is obsessed with Football Manager, and likes to play it with English lower division sides.
  • He is afraid of the dark.
  • He is also afraid of water – not because of how deep it is, but “the creatures that are maybe hiding in it”.
  • He has a partner named Julia and a son Artyom. They are not married but he refers to her as his wife. Presumably, she doesn’t drive or smoke.
  • He has resisted the urge to buy a Range Rover Sport and instead drives a Mercedes GL class.

*Not true

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