Is Arshavin really out of position on the wing?

There has been a lot of discussion of late about Andrey Arshavin’s form and how it could have been improved had Wenger simply played him through the middle instead of on the wing.

However, is he surely not more suited on that left side? Admittedly, his lack of defensive efforts when it’s needed does suggest that he isn’t that sort of end-to-end midfielder, but surely his ability to cut inside and shoot could be used to good effect?

His first goal for Arsenal came against Blackburn at the Emirates and, at that time of the game, he was hugging the left touchline and the ball through left him with enough space to come inside and trick his way past the defenders and the goalkeeper.

He has performed well for Russia down the middle – as well as for the Gunners too – but could he not replicate that form in the centre simply by cutting in? With the option of heading down the wing too, Arshavin could prove to be as unpredictable as he once was. Could he take the pressure of being the main creative force in the middle of the park?

Whilst at Zenit, the impish attacker admitted himself that his preferred position is as a left winger in a 4-3-3 or a support striker in a 4-4-2. The latter in particular there has been a much sought after formation of late for Arsenal fans.

With such talk of a change of formation amongst Gooners, should Wenger swap things round to accommodate the Russian or should we let him leave in his current dip in form?

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