Arsenal playmaker Andrey Arshavin has set himself a target of 15 goals for the upcoming season when the club starts its campaign by facing Newcastle United on August 13.
The Russian is determined to reach the heights that made him as instant hit with the Gunners fans when he arrived in 2009. The attacking midfielder showed glimpses of his brilliance last season.
“I think we will get stronger and stronger," Arshavin told Arsenal.com. “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.”
The midfielder has, however, given himself a personal target of 15 goals this season that will help the team win silverware before the term ends.
“My own target is simple - I would like to score 15 goals in total,” Arshavin said.
Arshavin is looking forward to the club’s Emirates Cup defense against Argentine heavyweight Boca Juniors and the anticipated game against New York Red Bulls that will see the return of Arsenal great Thierry Henry.
The Russian feels positive that the upcoming weekend will be a happy one for the club and the fans can see the club for the first time in the summer, according to an arsenal.com report.
Andrey Arshavin, who is the captain of the Russian national team, arrived at the club in 2009 from Russian club FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. Arshavin helped the Russian club win both the UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup where he scored 53 goals in 236 appearances.
The Russian, who has appeared 79 times for Arsenal scoring 22 goals, is a multitalented attacking midfielder who also has the ability to play as a second striker. He has been awarded the English Premier League most effective player of 2009 and Russian Footballer of the Year of 2006.
"Arshavin has every chance of becoming a favorite of the London fans," said former Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp.