Arsene Wenger has insisted that Andrey Arshavin is worth the £16 million transfer fee, in response to George Graham’s comments on Friday that the midfielder hadn’t been good enough for the level of investment the Gunners had put into him.
"You would not be surprised that I disagree with that [George Graham's comments],” Wenger said.
“That is his opinion. I think he has been great for us and he will still be great in the coming months.
"He is a great player and you have to give him credit for that. He stands up for his performances. I personally respect him highly and I think he's a great player.”
Arshavin joined Arsenal in in 2009 from Russian outfit Zenit, and his contract runs out with the north London club in a little less than two years.
And while Graham said that Arsenal completed a ‘poor buy’ in purchasing the 30-year-old, Wenger insists the opposite is true, both on and off the pitch.
"I like Andrey because he has a great attitude,” the Arsenal manager explained.
“It was a difficult game for him on Wednesday and for all the players who played up front because Marseille defended, they played for a point.
"There was not a lot of space for the strikers and as long as you don't find an opening they will not come out, and that is what happened in the game."