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I'll be even better next season, insists Arsenal's bright hope Arshavin
Published : 26 May 2009 11:19:44
Andrey Arshavin admits he is disappointed Arsenal have not challenged for honours this season. But the Russia forward will try to drag the Gunners to a higher standard by pledging to be even better next season. Assessing his first season in England since joining from Zenit St Petersburg in February, Arshavin awarded himself a 'four', the second highest grade in the Russian education system. 'The first chapter of my overseas career is over,' he said. 'I think it worked out quite well for me. I'd grade myself a solid four. 'I'm a little upset that Arsenal will not be playing the Champions' League Final. I hope next season will be better for the team and myself.' The 27-year-old explained he took some time to settle in London, but is confident he will feel at home in the city. 'As far as life outside football is concerned - I had some issues initially, but now they're almost completely gone,' he said. 'I hope come next season there will be none at all.' Perhaps by then he will be able to make out the Arsenal fans singing his name after admitting he can't distinguish between the crowd singing 'Arsenal' and 'Arshavin'. He has returned to hometown St Petersburg and despite his acrimonious departure from Zenit, the club are allowing him to train with them until he joins up with Guus Hiddink's Russia for their World Cup qualifier in Finland on June 10. Before setting off, he said: 'Today (my son) Artem shook hands with our club mascot - anice little dinosaur - and soon we will be back in St Petersburg, which I miss. I'm happy to have some time to spend there.'