Andrey Arshavin has set himself a 15 goal target for the season ahead as he looks to help Arsenal to their first piece of silverware since 2005. The Russian international has notched 28 goals since arriving in North London from Zenit St Petersburg in January 2009, including ten strikes last term.
Set to compete with new signing Gervinho, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosickey and Samir Nasri for a starting berth in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI, the 30-year-old outlined his aim to Arsenal.com:
“My own target is simple – I would like to score 15 goals in total.”
While Arshavin’s ambition to better his personal offensive output is commendable, the diminutive winger also made that improvements in defence are necessary if the club is to seriously challenge for silverware.
“I think we will get stronger and stronger,” he continued.
“In particular I think our work on set-pieces, both attacking and defending, will be better. We’ll also play a pressing game – if we do that well, I’m sure you’ll see an improved team.”
While Arsenal have failed to win any trophies since Arshavin arrived in England, Manchester United, under the guidance of Sir Alex Ferguson, have continued to add to their trophy cabinet. Impressed by the work ethic of the Red Devils Scottish tactician, the Russian remarked to homeland publication Sport Express:
“First of all you have to ask Alex Ferguson about the secret of the victories.
“I think Manchester United have everything (to win) for 20 years – the players’ quality, the team spirit and the psychology of winning.
“In the team one can discover the mixture of young and seasoned players and also Alex Ferguson’s strictness in how he builds his team as he thinks it’s important.”