The Russia international has shown some glimpses of brilliance since moving to North London from Zenit St Petersburg in a club record £15 million deal back in January 2009, with the four goals he scored at Anfield in an epic 4-4 draw in April 2009 still in the memory.
Despite this, the attacker has not lived up to his considerable ability, and finds himself a bit part player at the Emirates, no longer guaranteed a place in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.
As his inconsistency continues, the Eastern European admits that he needs to improve.
“Speaking honestly, I think my performances for Arsenal have been average,” Arshavin is quoted as saying in The Telegraph.
“I’ve done some good things, but I don’t assess my game on goals or assists. I look at the whole picture. Normally when I’m on the pitch I take control of a game but I haven’t really done that here. I’m an extra tool in the team rather than the main one, so it’s been difficult,” he admitted.
Arshavin’s current deal runs out in the summer of 2013, and his future in England hangs in the balance as he looks to be in the best possible form going into Russia’s Euro 2012 campaign next summer.
By Gareth McKnight