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Wednesday 16 November 2011

Arshavin laments poor form

Russian international determined to reclaim place in Arsenal starting line-up

Andrey Arshavin admits his form suffered during Arsenal's difficult start to the season

Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin has admitted he has been way short of his best form during the Gunners' difficult start to the Barclays Premier League season.

Arshavin has been in and out of the side as Arsenal have stuttered, Arsene Wenger's side picking up only seven points from their first seven games of the new campaign.

The 30-year-old Russian was an instant hit at the Emirates Stadium when he arrived at the Club in January 2009 from Zenit St Petersburg, scoring four times later that campaign in an astonishing 4-4 draw at Liverpool.

But he has only scored once in nine appearances for Arsenal this time around and has been left on the bench several times, accepting that he has not done enough to guarantee a regular place in the team.

"The fans should expect more from me, of course," said Arshavin, who was one of the stars of Euro 2008. "They should expect some more tricks, goals and unbelievable passes.

"To be honest I am still expecting more from me as well. But believe me, I do everything I can do.

"I just have to give everything I can at the moment, on the pitch. I want to score more goals and bring my team to the title."

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Key Points

  • Russian has only played bit part this season
  • Admits fans should expect tricks and goals
  • Says he is determined to bring title to Emirates