Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the commitment and professionalism of out-of-form midfielder, Andrey Arshavin.

Speculation is rife that the Russian will leave the club in the summer following a disappointing spell in north London, and with the season drawing to a close and with contract negotiations yet to commence, it's increasingly likely that the former Zenit St Petersburg star will be plying his trade elsewhere next year.

Recent reports suggested that the midfielder was contemplating retirement at the end of the season after losing desire to play the game, and whilst this has since been denied, no official word has come from Arshavin himself.

However, Wenger has leapt to the defence of the Russian international, insisting that he still has the same passion and desire as he did a few years ago.

Speaking to Arsenal.com, Wenger said: "I must say that publicly I would like to give him credit, because he is working absolutely every session at 100 per cent commitment.

"He is an example to everybody, because he has been questioned about his commitment many times. If you saw him every day you would respect him for what he is doing on a daily basis. It is absolutely fantastic."

Arshavin joined Arsenal in January 2009, becoming an a instant hit at the Emirates Stadium after bagging four goals at Anfield in a 4-4 thriller with Liverpool.

But he has struggled in recent times and it's clear that Arshavin's future lies elsewhere.

 

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