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Arshavin receives backing from Arsenal boss Wenger

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confidence that Andrey Arshavin will soon get back into the swing of first team action. The Russian was restored to the side for the Gunners weekend draw with Fulham, his first start since their defeat at Blackburn Rovers over two months ago.

"I believe it is difficult for a player when he doesn't play regularly to be absolutely exceptional," Wenger told the club's website.

"I don't think he had a bad game but I think he suffered a little bit from the fact we were not as sharp as we might have been.

"Your confidence is not at the top as well when you don't play for one month. You need to play regularly.

"He will come back. He works hard in training and has a good attitude so we just have to keep him tight."

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