The Russian with a diploma in Fashion shocked many when, against Portsmouth in May 2009, he tried to turn down a penalty that had been awarded for his team. He shocked many more with his somewhat sexist view points on women drivers. He is quoted as saying “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.” When asked at a later date if he would like to withdraw said comments, he answered “I would never give driving lessons to women. We need to build new roads for them. Why? Because you never know what to expect from a woman on the road. If you see a car behaving weirdly, swerving and doing strange things, before you see the driver you know it is a woman. It is always a woman.”
These comments might lead you into thinking he did not appreciate women, but this is not the case, as he explains that he likes “tall, slim girls with narrow thighs and tiny bums. If a girl is like this I do not pay attention to her breasts. Hair colour doesn’t matter either. What is really important is her style and manners.” In times when footballers are either puppets to the clubs, telling journalists what they want to hear and then doing their own thing elsewhere, it is refreshing to have a footballer like Arshavin who is so human and honest. Just don’t expect your female friends to share that same opinion.