Wenger sympathy for Arshavin

Arshavin was restored to the side for Arsenal’s weekend draw with

Fulham, his first start since their defeat at Blackburn over two

months ago. And Wenger admits it is tough for any player to bounce

straight back into the swing of things after being out for so long.

“I believe it is difficult for a player when he doesn’t play

regularly to be absolutely exceptional,” Wenger told the club’s

website. “I don’t think he had a bad game but I think he suffered a

little bit from the fact we were not as sharp as we might have

been. “Your confidence is not at the top as well when you don’t

play for one month. You need to play regularly. “He will come back.

He works hard in training and has a good attitude so we just have

to keep him tight.”