Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin a ‘victim’ of competition, says Arsene Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger backing Andrey Arshavin to deliver when called upon this season, despite limited chances thus far

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Andrey Arshavin has only made one appearance from the bench this season Photo: The Sport Review

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Arsene Wenger believes Andrey Arshavin has become a “victim of competition” at Arsenal – but the Gunners boss has no doubts over the Russian playmaker’s commitment to the cause.

The 31-year-old has made just one appearance for the north Londoners this season, coming off the bench against Sunderland on the opening day of the season after a summer of speculation linking him with a permanent move away from The Emirates.

Arshavin, who spent the second half of last term on loan to his former club Zenit Saint-Petersburg, is set to start on Wednesday when Arsenal take on Coventry in the Capital One Cup – and Wenger expects the midfielder to deliver when called upon.

“I have personally a great respect for Andrey Arshavin because sometimes some wrong ideas are circulated about him – that he doesn’t care, but it’s completely the opposite,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“He’s a 200 per cent professional who works very hard in training every day.

“At the moment he’s a victim of the high level of competition that exists for places. He has a huge respect from everybody in the dressing room, and especially from the staff.

“I feel he’s unhappy that he doesn’t play because deeply he loves football and he practices every day with 100 per cent commitment. I’m happy to give him some competition on Wednesday night.”

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