Arsenal's Andrei Arshavin still suffering from World Cup heartache

28 November 2009 09:20
Guus Hiddink's Euro 2008 semi-finalists saw their hopes of reaching South Africa crushed by Slovenia on Nov 18, and Arshavin is struggling to move on.

He told the Daily Mirror: "I'm inconsolable and desolate at what's happened.

 Related ArticlesCesc Fabregas: I don't want to fail at ArsenalWenger: Fifa failed to punish Chelsea over KakutaArsenal v Chelsea: match previewArsenal v Chelsea epics"My family keep telling me I should forget it as soon as possible, that I should now switch to club matters and the Champions League, but that's easier said than done.

"Nothing has revived me so far.

"When Arsene Wenger asked me what state I was in, I honestly told him that at the moment I just don't want to play football.

"He talked to me for a long time. He said, too, that I need to switch my attention. But I can't do it yet."

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, whose side host Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday, admitted the player was not in the right frame of mind to start in last weekend's 1-0 defeat at Sunderland.

"He came back from Slovenia very down and that's the main reason I didn't play him from the start against Sunderland," said the Frenchman.

Source: Telegraph