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Andrey Arshavin: Arsenal Need A 'Miracle' To Win Anything This Season


Andrey Arshavin is desperate to win either the Premier League or the Champions League with Arsenal, but has confessed that they would "need a miracle" to do so this season.

Arsene Wenger's troops are just three points shy of league leaders Chelsea and have reached the knockout phase in Europe, yet they have paid a high price where personnel is concerned.

Injuries have decimated the squad to the point where Arshavin - all 5ft 7in of him - has been forced to deputise as a centre-forward, and the Russian thinks a remarkable turn of fortune will have to occur if the Gunners are to claim any silverware.

“My greatest dream is to win a title with my club. Naturally, it would be better if we won the Premier League or the Champions League,” he said in The Mirror.

“But to do this we need a miracle - which is to start playing finally with our optimal line up. I do not think we have had it once so far this season.”

Arshavin himself is some way short of full fitness, having played the last few weeks despite being barely able to kick a ball in training.

But with the likes of Robin van Persie, Nicklas Bendtner, Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas all on the treatment table in recent times, the former Zenit St Petersburg star hasn't had the chance to rest up.

He said: “Although my right foot hurts me much less than before, I still try to avoid kicking the ball with it during training.

“But our present situation dictates that, even if you have only one fit foot, you must be prepared to play.

“To be honest, I still find it hard to adapt to such a physically intensive competition as the English Premier League.”

A number of names have been touted to bolster Arsenal's attack this winter, including Bordeaux's Marouane Chamakh, Toulouse's Andre-Pierre Gignac and West Ham United's Carlton Cole.

However, Arshavin remains doubtful that Wenger will splash the cash by the close of the transfer window - even though the playmaker himself arrived at the Emirates Stadium in a club-record deal last January.

He said: “I have a feeling that Arsenal are not going to buy any new players in the winter transfer window. Or if we do, it will be at the very last moment.”

Mick Maguire, Goal.com UK