By Chris Harris in Glasgow

Arsène Wenger believes Andrey Arshavin can give Arsenal an edge in Europe this season.

The Russian playmaker was ineligible for the Champions League when he arrived in England in February having represented his former club Zenit St. Petersburg in the group stages of last season's competition. But Arshavin is free to play for his new team when they kick off their latest quest for European glory tonight.

The 28-year-old is expected to line up against Celtic in the first leg of Arsenal's vital Champions League qualifier and Wenger expects Arshavin's experience and quality to shine through.

"He can make the difference," said the manager at his pre-match press conference.

"Andrey is a very efficient player who can turn up at any moment and make a difference but again we do not focus on any individual.

"Our strength is our team play because this team has been educated 80-90 per cent together for four or five years and one target is to develop the team play and not focus too much on individuals."

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18 Aug 2009