Andrey Arshavin has set himself a 15-goal target for the new season.

The Russian playmaker showed glimpses of his best form last term and he is determined to scale the heights that made him an instant hit with the Arsenal fans following his arrival in 2009.

Speaking ahead of this weekend's Emirates Cup, Arshavin predicted an improvement from the whole squad in 2011/12.

“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.”

Arsenal kick off their Emirates Cup defence against Boca Juniors on Saturday before concluding this year's tournament against New York Red Bulls on Sunday. For Arshavin it will be ideal preparation for the new campaign.

“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!"

The 76-page Emirates Cup souvenir programme contains interviews with eight players (two from each team), Arsène Wenger and a host of other features. It will be available to buy on both days of the tournament, from club shops and programme sellers, priced at £5.

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27 Jul 2011