Versatile Gunner sets himself a 15-goal target

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Arsenal's Andrey Arshavin has set himself some lofty targets for the new season as the Gunners look ahead to the annual Emirates Cup with fixtures against Boca Juniors and New York Red Bulls.

The Russian began last season with a bang, scoring five goals in nine games as Arsenal begun their hunt for silverware with a bang in 2010.

And this coming season, the 30-year-old is looking to make a similarly influential impact as the north London club bid to end their trophy-less streak after last season’s quest for honours hit a brick wall at the final knockings.

“I think we will get stronger and stronger," he told the Official Souvenir Programme. "In particular I think our work on set-pieces, both attacking and defending, will be better. We’ll also play a pressing game – if we do that well, I’m sure you’ll see an improved team.

“My own target is simple - I would like to score 15 goals in total.”

Arsene Wenger's side are as yet unbeaten in pre-season, with wins over Malaysia XI and Cologne sandwiched between a draw with Hangzhou Greentown.


Back-to-back games against teams that Arshavin labels as 'strong' will stand the squad in good stead just two weeks before the season gets underway according to the former Zenit Saint Petersburg winger.

“It’ll be a good weekend – it’s the first time most supporters can see us this summer and it’s a tournament that I enjoy," he said. "We have two games against strong teams and it’s the right kind of competition for this stage of pre-season.

"I always enjoy this tournament and hopefully we’ll show plenty of good things, but to be honest it’s not vital to win it. We’ve done that twice since I’ve been here and didn’t win any trophies the following season, so I’d happily swap!"

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