Andrey Arshavin believes that his performances for Russia will reflect with improved form for Arsenal, as the 30-year-old prepares for a friendly against Greece on Saturday.
Arshavin guided Russia to qualification for next year’s European Championships, and said that the feeling of knowing that he will be part of the competition will help his form improve for Arsenal as well.
“Since Russia qualified for Euro 2012 I’ve felt completely relaxed and comfortable,” Arshavin told the club's Official Matchday Programme.
“Hopefully that will show in my performances, because mentally I feel much better than before. International results are very important to me and it’s vital that Russia go to big tournaments - we missed out on the World Cup but have made a big step now.
“I think people are happier and I certainly know everyone’s hoping that we are drawn to play our games in Ukraine. The fans won’t need visas there and we will have huge traveling support.
“That can only be good for us. The mood is good; the media has been very critical but since we qualified they have been silent, which is fine by me.”
Arshavin has recently said that he’s been disappointed with his form for Arsenal lately, and with his contract running out in under two years, the midfielder is hoping to get more consistent over the season to show his worth in the Gunners’ starting line-up.
And with Arsenal getting their season back on track and moving back up the Barclays Premier League table towards the top four, he is planning to use the international break to work on his form and return with a fresh clear head when the Gunners take on Norwich at Carrow Road.