Arshavin: Anfield atmosphere top notch

Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin has turned his back on the Emirates Stadium support by hailing Liverpool’s fans as the best in the world. The 28-year-old has wowed the Gunners' faithful following his £15 million move from Zenit St Petersburg in February, scoring six and assisting seven league goals at the back end of last season. And the diminutive Russian has continued his impressive form in the first half of 2009/10, netting his sixth of the campaign in the recent 4-1 win at Wolves. However, speaking ahead of Russia's World Cup play-off defeat to Slovenia, Arshavin revealed that the atmopshere in Arsenal's 4-4 draw at Anfield in April - in which he scored four times - was the best he had experienced. “Our [Russia] fans need to learn from the English football supporters, and in particular from Liverpool fans,” he said.

Chelsea wide-man Yuri Zhirkov recently revealed his amazement at the support Manchester United received in a Champions League clash against CSKA Moscow at Old Trafford. However, Arshavin simply retorted: “It’s only because he hasn’t played against Liverpool yet.”