Arsene Wenger hails influential Andrey Arshavin


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on Russia playmaker Andrey Arshavin following a number of fine performances this term.

The former Zenit St Petersburg man has proved to be one of the Gunners' stars so far, scoring five goals and laying on several others in the process.

Now, with one-and-a-half-years remaining on his existing terms, the Frenchman would like to extend his stay at the Emirates Stadium.

"If you look at the stats, he is the player who has created more chances than everybody else in the Premier League this season, so his numbers are quite surprising to people who think he has not done so well," Wenger said.

"I believe that since the start of the season in the Premier League, he has been better at creating chances than anyone else.

"He has a long future at the club – as long as his contract lasts at least, or until we extend his contract, and that is for I think 18 months.

"We are always in negotiations now because when you sign a player for four years, after two years you have to renegotiate so we keep it as quiet as possible."

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