By Rob Kelly
Arsène Wenger has reiterated his “great respect” for Andrey Arshavin and dismissed the notion that the Russian does not care about not playing.
The 31-year-old has been restricted to 13 minutes of first-team action so far this season, but is expected to feature against Coventry in Wednesday’s Capital One Cup third-round clash.
Wenger insists the attacking midfielder “deeply loves” football but has not featured much due to the depth of the Arsenal squad.
“I have personally a great respect for Andrey Arshavin because sometimes some wrong ideas are circulated about him - that he doesn’t care, but it’s completely the opposite. He’s a 200 per cent professional who works very hard in training every day,” he told Arsenal Player.
“At the moment he’s a victim of the high level of competition that exists for places. He has a huge respect from everybody in the dressing room, and especially from the staff.
“I feel he’s unhappy that he doesn’t play because deeply he loves football and he practices every day with 100 per cent commitment. I’m happy to give him some competition on Wednesday night.”
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