Andrey Arshavin admits he has been below-par in recent times - but the Russian star is confident he will find his form.
The 29-year-old was an instant hit when he arrived at Emirates Stadium in January 2009, famously scoring four goals in one game at Liverpool. He started this season well enough with five goals in nine appearances but has netted just twice since September.
Arshavin showed glimpses of his best on Tuesday night, conjuring up assists for Laurent Koscielny and Cesc Fabregas in the Carling Cup Semi-Final against Ipswich, but he knows that he needs to improve.
“It’s true that, at the moment, I’m not happy with how I’m playing," he told the Official Matchday Programme.
"I feel that I’m making mistakes that I shouldn’t be - not giving good passes and losing a lot of balls. It’s hard to give reasons but I am working hard to get back to my best and am confident it will come.
"It’s an unusual situation because I’m not used to being on the bench this much. Maybe I had one period like this back at Zenit St Petersburg but it was a bit shorter. I can’t complain when the team is doing this well, though - our recent form in the league has been excellent."
Arshavin hopes to turn the corner very soon but he feels the Arsenal squad already has. “I look at the Chelsea game and think that maybe it turned our season,” he noted.
“We’ll see, of course, but since this game we’ve done very well and our level has been good. I think that game can help us considerably over the rest of the season."
This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 27 Jan 2011