Andrey Arshavin's WAG Yulia can't stand the English - except Victoria Beckham
Published 00:00 07/02/09 By By Chris Hughes
The wife of the Premier League's latest foreign star has revealed she can't stand the English - except for Victoria Beckham.
Andrey Arshavin's glamorous wife Yulia wanted the 27-year-old Arsenal striker to move to Spain or stay in Russia because Britain is too boring.
"I do not particularly like England ," Yulia, 26, said in an interview before the player clinched his £15 million move to London. "In my opinion, people there are too reserved and it's dull."
In her swipe at Britain and our culture, the mum-of-two also revealed her dislike of English food.
In May last year, after visiting Manchester, she said: "I do not like English cuisine.
"If Andrey goes to play in England, finding the right food may turn into a problem."
However, despite what she sees as the failings of the English, she admits that Victoria Beckham stands out as an icon.
"I like her very much," she said. "I admire her style in clothes, her manners. I like the way she is always being talked about.
"She doesn't hide behind her husband's back and I like that, too.
"I remember watching a TV report where Victoria was walking across an airport terminal with one kid in
her hands and another following her… she managed to look just smashing."
But Yulia saves some of her venom for her own husband and his choice in clothes.
She added: "I have constant arguments with Andrey about what he puts on.
"I buy him different things - this to match that and that to match yet another.
"But after he leaves home in the morning, I realise that he's made a mess of it all.
"Then I see his picture in a newspaper or a magazine and think, 'God - people will think it was me who let him out like this'.
"He puts on things which do not match with each other at all and says, 'What are you making a fuss about? This is red and this is red, too'.
"I look at him and feel my hair standing on end."
So do you fancy some Russian grub?
Andrey Arshavin's wife Yulia may have slated English grub but Russia is hardly known for its culinary delights.
One of the most popular meals in the former Soviet state is okroshka - a cold soup made with sour milk. This is then mixed with cold vegetables and meat or fish. Yummy!
And if that doesn't take your fancy you could always get stuck into the nation's favourite dish of cabbage soup known as shchi or, as an alternative, Rassolnik - a salty-sour cucumber stew.
Then for main course why not feast on jellied chopped pork, known as Studen? This is served in a stodgy porridge and with sauerkraut on the side.
And if you've still got room after that lot, for dessert you can have vatrushka - a large ring of dough stuffed with cottage cheese. Bon appetit.