Wenger delighted as Arshavin stars for Arsenal in striker role

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was rewarded with a goal from Andrey Arshavin after playing him as a striker for their 2-0 win over Stoke City.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was rewarded with a goal from Andrey Arshavin after playing him as a striker for their 2-0 win over Stoke City.

The Russia international scored the opener and Aaron Ramsey added a second in the win, which came in Wenger's 500th league game in charge, as Arsenal climbed to third in the table ahead of Tottenham.

"I don't think he was a big fanatic to play centre forward but I'm convinced he can play there because he has good body power, good movement and technique," Wenger said.

"He made intelligent movements and it worked today. He got a goal but could have had two or three and overall he did very well.

"I have to try it again to see if it works, at home and away from home, and to find a balance because I have many technical players around the team - (Tomas) Rosicky, (Samir) Nasri, (Cesc) Fabregas and (Emmanuel) Eboue.

"They all can penetrate from deep positions and that's needed when you have a player like him.

"We'll see. At the moment we don't have much choice, of course.

"Walcott is out, Bendtner is out and Robin van Persie as well."