By Joe Brewin

Arsène Wenger says that Andrey Arshavin is a vital part of his squad.

The Russian forward showed his quality with a fine display in the 2-1 Carling Cup victory over Bolton on Tuesday night, scoring one and setting up the second for Ju Young Park to turn the Fourth-Round tie on its head.

Arshavin starred in a roving central role behind the South Korean striker and Wenger admits he is more comfortable in that position.

“I believe that he is more at ease now in a more central role because if he is on the flanks it is very physical and you have to defend a lot,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “That's not always his strongest part in the game.

“You can see that in the future he can be a very influential player behind the striker.”

Arshavin has sometimes struggled to hit the heights of his dazzling debut season in an Arsenal shirt but Wenger has never doubted the 30-year-old’s qualities.

“This guy is an absolutely top class player but something somewhere gets people a little bit reluctant sometimes.

“You look at his assists and goals scored and he is always among the best. He can come on and have an impact, he can start and have an impact - Andrey is an impact player.”

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28 Oct 2011