By Rob Kelly

Arsène Wenger says that Andrey Arshavin's performance against Coventry City has further advanced his claims for first-team football.

The Russian schemer had only played 13 minutes for Arsenal this season prior to Wednesday night's Capital One Cup third-round victory at Emirates Stadium.

But the 31-year-old put in a superb display, scoring one goal and claiming three assists against the League One side to remind everyone of his vast talent.

"At the moment the competition is very high [for a first-team place]," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "But he will get his chance, and he showed here that he deserves it."

Emmanuel Frimpong also played his first game since February after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament while on loan at Wolves, and Wenger was delighted to see him back.

"We gave him 20 minutes and he looked quite fit. Of course he needs games now but the good thing is that he could at least play 20 minutes," he said.

Watch the full interview with the boss on Arsenal Player now.

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27 Sep 2012