Arshavin playing catch-up
Andrey Arshavin hopes Arsenal's weekend date with Wigan will allow them to close on the league leaders.
Last Updated: 21/01/11 10:39am
Andrey Arshavin hopes Arsenal's weekend date with Wigan will allow them to close on the Premier League leaders.
Manchester rivals United and City currently set the pace at the top of the table, with both sides locked together on 45 points.
That return has the pair two points clear of Arsenal, who sit third, with United also holding at least one game in hand on all of their closest title challengers.
Arshavin acknowledges that it is vital the Gunners keep pace with the frontrunners, with there no margin for error over the second half of the season.
He hopes the momentum gained in a convincing 3-1 FA Cup victory over Leeds in midweek can be carried over into their next game, with it imperative that Arsene Wenger's men make the most of a meeting with struggling Wigan at the Emirates.
"Unfortunately, we couldn't beat Wigan at their stadium. The next game will be held at the Emirates," Arshavin said on his official website.
"The performance which Arsenal showed recently in the championship allows us to achieve the landslide victories, so I hope that the upcoming clash will be no exception.
"We need to catch up with the two Manchester teams."
Arshavin is expected to figure against the Latics on Saturday despite coming in for criticism regarding his performance levels of late.
The Russian playmaker has also seen his future at Arsenal called into question, with his sliding standards leading to suggestions that Wenger may be willing to cash in.
Such talk has been played down for now, but Arshavin's former employers Zenit St Petersburg, one of those linked with a move, have admitted that they would welcome the opportunity to bring the 29-year-old back to his homeland.
Zenit's sporting director Igor Korneev said: "With Andrey it is very simple. He graduated from our club and the doors are always open for him.
"We would always welcome him back to the club, whether that is now or in the future."