Former Arsenal prospect admits to calling Arshavin a 'fat, lazy bum' in 2012

Andrei Arshavin

Emmanuel Frimpong has admitted to having a go at Andrei Arshavin back in 2012.

One of the surprise moves of Transfer Deadline day saw former Arsenal starlet Emmanuel Frimpong join obscure Russian outfit FC Ufa on a free transfer. He left Yorkshire side Barnsley this summer after jsut a few months at the club and was therefore a free agent, looking for a new direction.

He had a trial at Sturm Graz in Austria and was reportedly offered a contract by OFI Crete in Greece but decided on a move to Russia.

And with an Arsenal player moving to Russia he was always going to be asked about one former Gunner, Andrei Arshavin. Arshavin joined the club in 2009 from Zenit Saint-Petersburg so he and Frimpong played plenty of games together during their time at Arsenal.

But one subject came up in a recent interview with local media in Russia that was interesting, an apparent altercation between the pair back in 2012 - in which reportedly Frimpong called Arshavin a 'fat, lazy bum'.

Although Frimpong himself has played down the moment:

"Excellent midfielder. Glad I played with him, rather than against."

- Three years ago, in one of the matches Arshavin lost the ball, and you called him a fat lazy bum. Is that true?

"That was the case. Interesting. Only I did not offend Arshavin. It was a joke. In that moment Andrei really lost the ball, which is why our goal came under serious attack. And I said so. But my words had no malice. Way of communicating with me like that. I like to joke. No, he understood everything correctly. I was never in conflict with him."

Frimpong was quick to clear up that Arshavin was not offended, and that in the heat of the game things get said that players do not mean outside of the white lines.

But saying that, Arsenal fans have probably said worse about the Russian playmaker.

A date for the diary, 15th May 2015. As Frimpong takes on Arshavin of Zenit St Petersburg. That should be interesting indeed.

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