Arshavin admits Austria Vienna ignorance

The former Arsenal midfielder concedes that no opposition homework has yet to be completed ahead of the Russian side's continental clash this week
Zenit St Petersburg forward Andrey Arshavin will have a hard time preparing for Tuesday's UEFA Champions League clash as he has never seen Austria Vienna play.

The former Arsenal winger scored two goals for Zenit in the play-off round and will hope to add to that total against the group stage debutants.

Arshavin admitted he has never taken the time to watch Tuesday's continental opponents play, but will adapt once the game is under way.

"I wouldn’t like to compare Austria to our previous opponents for one simple reason - I’ve never seen them play before, and I've never seen an Austrian league match either," he told reporters on Monday.

"So I’ll refrain from commenting. We’ll see everything on the pitch.

Zenit currently sit in first place in the Russian Premier League, winning their last five games in the competition, and Arshavin says the opportunity to qualify for Europe keeps the team on their toes.

"Naturally we are motivated," he added. "This is the Champions League.

"We all play in the Russian Premier League in order to make it to the Champions League tournament the following year. That’s why we went through qualification this year. In terms of our physical shape, everything is all right too.

"Zenit will be very strong."

Zenit sit bottom of Group G after a 3-1 defeat at Atletico Madrid a fortnight ago, while Austria Vienna were defeated 1-0 by Porto.