Arshavin slams soft refereeing

Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin has hit out at Premier League referees for failing to provide enough protection for players.

The 28-year-old playmaker - who has had to operate as a makeshift centre-forward in recent weeks following injuries to Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner and Eduardo - has been playing in pain after sustaining a foot injury.

And the Russian international claims that the problem has not been able to heal fully due to the rough-and-tumble nature of the English game, and has called on officials to offer players more protection to prevent serious long-term injuries.

"The referees here do not whistle when someone just pushes you a little bit - it's seen as nothing, you must play on," the Gunner said in Mail.

"Of course that makes the game quicker, but for me it's not always great.

"With my knock at the moment I'm trying my best and after each kick I am feeling pain, but I still train every day. I've had a few other injuries.

"Basically it is simple. If I can play, I will."

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