The 31-year-old has been restricted to 13 minutes of first-team action so far this season.
âI have personally a great respect for Andrey Arshavin because sometimes some wrong ideas are circulated about him - that he doesnât care, but itâs completely the opposite. Heâs a 200 per cent professional who works very hard in training every day,â he told Arsenal Player.
âAt the moment heâs a victim of the high level of competition that exists for places. He has a huge respect from everybody in the dressing room, and especially from the staff.
âI feel heâs unhappy that he doesnât play because deeply he loves football and he practices every day with 100 per cent commitment. Iâm happy to give him some competition on Wednesday night.â