Arshavin to make Gunners bow

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Arsene Wenger has confirmed Andrei Arshavin will make his Arsenal debut against Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on Saturday as the Gunners look to maintain their bid for a top-four place.

The 27-year-old has not figured since completing his protracted transfer from Zenit St Petersburg at the conclusion of the winter transfer window.

"He will be involved," Wenger told Arsenal TV Online. "But I have not decided what I will do with him yet."

It had been mooted the Russia midfielder, who moved to the Gunners for a fee of around £15million, would play some part in the north London derby against Tottenham shortly after his arrival at the club.

However, despite being named as a substitute, Arshavin did not make an appearance as the teams produced a goalless draw at White Hart Lane.

Arshavin has not played a competitive match since the end of the Russian Premier League season in late November but Wenger expects the player to reach full fitness next week.

"He is still working on preparation and he is not qualified for the (Champions League) game against Roma (on Tuesday) so we can give him another week of hard work," said Wenger.

"At the end of next week, that will be three weeks with us and one week with Zenit, that should be enough."

However, Wenger had a setback when striker Eduardo was ruled out for two weeks with a hamstring injury just days after scoring twice against Cardiff on his return from a broken leg.

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