By Chris Harris

Andrey Arshavin proved on Tuesday night that he can still produce "something special", according to Arsène Wenger.

The Russian playmaker has struggled for form in recent weeks but he came off the bench to guide a measured volley past Tim Howard to peg back Everton at Emirates Stadium.

Arshavin's equaliser was followed six minutes later by Laurent Koscielny's winner and Wenger was quick to praise the catalyst for Arsenal's 2-1 victory after the game.

"If you look at the assists in the Premier League, Arshavin is the best," said the manager.

"He’s had a drop in form recently, but he’s a great player. And you could see straight away when he came on that he can deliver something special.

"He’s coming back [to his best] and I thought that already on Sunday. He was better today; he was calmer and he got us a vital goal tonight, so overall I’m very pleased."

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2 Feb 2011