Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin could be like a new signing for Arsene Wenger next season if he is deployed in his preferred position that will allow him to orchestrate the Gunners' attack.

The 30-year-old Russian international has come into criticism for a number of lacklustre performances at the Emirates Stadium this term, often being used as a box-to-box midfielder, or coming on as an impact substitute.

Arshavin has received backing from international boss Dick Advocaat, who worked with the intricate winger during his time in Russia when managing Zenit St Petersburg.

"One of his problems is that he plays only 20minutes per game," said Advocaat. "Arsene Wenger uses him as a player who can be fielded in the second half and who can refresh the game."

Advocaat claims a lack of understanding has hampered Arshavin's domestic form this campaign, and urged Wenger to consider returning him to his favoured position – one he enjoyed during his debut season in North London.


He feels that a change in tact will not only benefit Arshavin individually next year, but will help produce better quality and performances from the team as a whole.

"Andrey is showing willingness to give the team the best of what he has. I worked with him for over two years at Zenit and I know who he is,” Advocaat continued.

"Expecting from him 90-minute running means not knowing and not understanding Arshavin."

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