Arshavin not fully fit to start playing already

Arshavin not fully fit to start playing already

Andrei Arshavin has obtained his work permit, soon after joining Arsenal from Zenit St. Petersburg for a reported 12m pounds. The Russian had flown to St. Petersburg to get his work permit and has now returned to London with the work permit.

The Russian may have obtained the work permit but it might be a few weeks before he makes is debut for the club considering he has not played any competitive football since November. And more recently he decided not to play in Zenit’s three pre-season friendlies. So one should not expect him to get match fit with the few days of training he has had with Arsenal since joining and a few training sessions with Zenit before joining. He may need a couple of weeks before he starts playing regularly for Arsenal but as for his debut, we might see a late substitute appearance in the North London derby tomorrow or maybe wait another week.
Arsene Wenger has also signaled not to expect Arshavin to start playing immediately:

“I believe he is talented, intelligent and motivated. When you have these things together, you always have a chance to make an impact.

“We are not in a hurry with him. You have to give him time. He is not fit at the moment because he has had only ten days preparation after a long break.”

Apart form that Wenger addressed the North London derby and terms it a very important game for both clubs so both will be under pressure to win:

“This game is important because Tottenham want to get out of the relegation zone and we want to get closer to the top four. There is a bit more pressure on both teams.”