https://i2.wp.com/farm5.static.flickr.com/4066/4451010349_0b1c8e599f_m.jpg?resize=236%2C240Andrey Arshavin has lauded Denilson’s performance against West Ham.

The Russian saw his Brazilian teammate hand Arsenal a dream start with a goal after just five minutes in another vital league outing on Saturday.

And Arshavin felt Denilson not only deserved plaudits for his decent strike but the gritty performance he put in during the second-half as Arsenal were reduced to ten men.

“Yes, he was the best in this game. Not because he scored early in the first half, but because he worked miracles in the second one. He kept on snatching the ball from West Ham players, he was everywhere, ahead of everybody like a “clockwork bunny”. Arshavin said

“In my opinion, Denilson had a phenomenal game “


The 28-year-old also expressed concerns over his fitness and may need a rest against Birmingham next week. Asked why he slowed down on some occasions yesterday, Arshavin responded:

“Perhaps this is due to the fact that I was not feeling very well. I could not catch my breath after every dash.” he said

“Doctors and Julia (my wife) are taking care of it (my leg)”

Finally, there could not be a discussion without a certain FC Barcelona being mentioned. So Arshavin was keen to give his thoughts on the prospect of facing the Catalans in the Champions League quarter-finals.

“I think that it would be interesting to play with Barcelona, especially at Camp Nou. Catalans play very good football. I hope that we will put up a good show. I am sure that this confrontation will impress football fans.”Arshavin said.

A man once linked with a move to Camp Nou, Arshavin is relishing the trip to Spain but has played down the theoretical advantage Barcelona have in playing the second leg at home.

“As for me, I had long dreamed of playing at that stadium.” he said.

“I think it’s OK (the draw). Everything depends on the outcome. If we manage to show good quality football, to score and not to miss balls at the Emirates, then it will be a plus.”

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