By Chris Harris
 
A fit and firing Andrey Arshavin can take Arsenal to a new level this season, according to Arsène Wenger.
 
The Russian returns to a happy hunting ground on Sunday when the Gunners kick off their Premier League campaign at Liverpool.
 
Arshavin scored four times on his first visit to Anfield in April 2009 and grabbed the winner there last season. It's fair to say the home fans will fear the worse when he gets on the ball this weekend.
 
Wenger admits that Arshavin suffered a body-blow when his Russia side narrowly missed out on the World Cup in South Africa after losing a play-off, but he is expecting great things from the 29-year-old this term.
 
"It was a massive blow for him to go out of the World Cup with Russia," said the manager.

"He also had an end of season which was disturbed by many injuries.

"But what I expect from him [this season] is that if he remains completely fit he can give the team everything.
 
"With his creative side he can be decisive, create chances and score goals. That is what you want from him."

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