By Chris Harris

Andrey Arshavin has a pain threshold that the famous Back Four would be proud of, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Russian playmaker barely trained last week after suffering an injury to his right foot but he played through the pain barrier at Anfield on Sunday and used that foot to devastating effect when he smashed the winning goal past Pepe Reina.

That was reminiscent of Arshavin's bravery back in March when he scored his first goal for the Club against Blackburn minutes after having stitches inserted in a foot wound. No wonder his manager is comparing the Russian with some of the toughest players to have pulled on an Arsenal shirt.

“I have not met many with his pain threshold," said Wenger.

"I’ve had a few [brave players] - the Nigel Winterburns, Bouldy, Dixon, Keown - they were tough boys. Andrey is a hard boy too, especially for a forward.”

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16 Dec 2009