Vermaelen: Arshavin can play as Arsenal striker

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen says Andrey Arshavin can play as striker.

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen says Andrey Arshavin can play as striker.

Arshavin impressed against Stoke City in attack as manager Arsene Wenger seeks a solution for Robin van Persie's absence.

"Robin is a very good striker and we'll miss him a lot," Vermaelen told arsenal.com. "But we have other strikers with enough quality to play there."

The Belgian highlighted the qualities that made Arshavin so effective filling in up front.

"He's quick and he scored a good goal today," said the Belgian.

"He's putting the runs in behind the defenders. We play passing football and we can put the ball in behind the defenders."