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Quincy Owusu Abeyie says has no regrets over swapping Arsenal for Spartak Moscow.

Quincy Owusu Abeyie says has no regrets over swapping Arsenal for Spartak Moscow at the turn of the year.

The Dutch forward raised more than a few eyebrows when turning his back on the relative comforts of London for a bitter winter in the Russian capital.

Owusu Abeyie has admitted that adjusting to life in Moscow was a shock to the system, but he claims he does not look back on the decision with any regrets.

"I respect everyone's opinion," he told the Sunday Mirror. "But I had to make a decision last January.

"It was very close to the deadline of the transfer window when Arsene Wenger told me there was a big club wanting to sign me. When I asked him which club, he said, 'They play in Russia'.

"My answer was, 'No way!' I thought, I am not going to move to Russia. But when my agent sat down with me and discussed the whole thing, I started to look at it differently. And I had to take some kind of decision."

"I was playing in the reserves at Barnet, then the manager bought Adebayor. I just couldn't cope with it any more. I was fed up.

"Spartak Moscow were the only club who really made it clear they were desperate to sign me. They told me I was going to be their star player.

"I could have waited, yes. But if people shake their heads about my decision to move to Russia, I can understand them.

"Even my best friends thought it was a very strange move. They fired loads of questions at me. I couldn't blame them. If it had been the other way round, I would have thought it was a daft move too.

"It was a massive gamble. But I wanted to take a chance. It was my decision."

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