Andrey Arshavin's commitment and professionalism cannot be questioned, according to Arsène Wenger.

The Russian playmaker's contract expires this summer and reports this week suggested that Arshavin has lost his desire to play football. But Wenger sees Arshavin every day in training and he thinks differently.

"I must say that publicly I would like to give him credit, because he is working absolutely every session at 100 per cent commitment," said Wenger,

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"He is an example to everybody, because he has been questioned about his commitment many times. If you saw him every day you would respect him for what he is doing on a daily basis. It is absolutely fantastic."

Arshavin joined Arsenal on transfer deadline day in January 2009 and was an instant hit at Emirates Stadium, scoring four goals against Liverpool at Anfield four years ago this month. But he might be approaching the end of his Gunners career.

"His contract ends at the end of the season and then he will decide what to do," said Wenger. "I don't think he will stay here because he doesn't play enough."


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Chris Harris 12 Apr 2013