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Arshavin: I've been average

November 3, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin has conceded that his performances for the club have been no better than "average".

Andrei Arshavin
GettyImagesAndrei Arshavin has had a frustrating season

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Despite a good start to his Arsenal career after moving to the club in the winter transfer window in the 2008-09 campaign, which included a four-goal haul in a 4-4 draw at Liverpool, he has failed to live up to the promise of his displays for Zenit St Petersburg and Russia.

The £15 million signing has come in for much criticism from the fans this season, with his display at Marseille in the Champions League two weeks ago highlighted by some as his worst-ever performance for the Gunners.

"Speaking honestly, I think my performances for Arsenal have been average," Arshavin said. "I've done some good things, but I don't assess my game on goals or assists. I look at the whole picture.

"Normally when I'm on the pitch I take control of a game but I haven't really done that here. I'm an extra tool in the team rather than the main one, so it's been difficult. Ideally, I'd like to play closer to a forward."