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Andrey Arshavin: Football pitches are the most important

FC Kairat winger Andrey Arshavin shared interesting stories as he met up with Academy players.

Nowadays, such meetings take place regularly in the Academy, as it is important for youngsters to speak and listen to their idols. According to most Academy players it increases motivation for progress development and they use important suggestions from professional players for their benefit. 

Last time we had Aslan Darabayev and Ermek Kuantayev chatting with Academy youngsters. This time boys were delighted to see one of the best players in Russian football history Andrey Arshavin. During the meeting Arshavin spoke about his experience of being an Academy player, special features of Arsenal training ground and answered the questions from the floor.

Andrey Arshavin:

— ... I started playing football when I was 7. Played in the similar football Academy like you are at the moment. From the age of 7 to 17-18 I have been playing in the Academy and after I have been drafted to Zenit-2 where I have played for about 1,5 - 2 years and then moved to Zenit. I think you know the rest without me saying (smiling)...

— ... My standard day schedule was as following: In the morning you come for a training at 9am, train until 10:30am, then you have 4 - 5 lessons and then another training. My school was a normal state school and next to it we had football Academy Smena. I went to normal mixed state school. Sometimes we had more classes after second training. No one gave us any benefits just because we played football. My literature teacher still remembers me, in a good sense nowadays, unlike it used to be, she used to set a lot of homework, reading, and as you will get older a lot of reading you had to do during the summer, of course no one did, especially I am, and when it was time to answer in classes you had to find short overview of the book, which was harder in that time then it is now... But I think everything is still to come for you (laughing)...

— ... In life, the more knowledge I will have the easier it will be for me after football, so it will be for you. At your age, I was thinking the same as you probably do now, when teachers were giving me advices, shouting, etc., but in life, the more you will know and respect your teachers the better it will be for you, because you will never know what to expect...

— ... The games I can highlight are Russia - Netherlands at UEFA Euro 2008, when Zenit won UEFA Cup, and when Russia beat England at home. I liked the atmosphere in those games...

— ... I think the most beautiful place in Saint Petersburg is Vasilyevsky Island. I think you have all seen it at least on the pictures, if you have not been in St. Petersburg. When I was not that well-known I liked to walk on the Nevsky Prospect. My was often taking me to Pushkin and Peterhof... A lot of beautiful places. I feel comfortable everywhere in St.Petersburg...

— ... It does not matter what training base you are in and what room number you get at the training base. In England, you will not find any room numbers at Arsenal training base. I think football pitches are the most important. Football grounds at out training base are ideal and I can compare them to English ones. You come here to play football, the better the pitch the easier it is for you to receive and pass the ball. Even if you compare artificial grounds with natural is a big difference...

 — ... Usually, all talented people are lazy. It is not only in football I think. Because they understand that they are given a bit more in certain jobs and roles than anyone else and they do not need to train. You have to understand that talent needs to be developed. You should be wanting to realise your potential. Without hard work you will not be able to fully maximise your potential...

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