Arshavin: I want a piece of Ronaldo

Arsenal playmaker Andrey Arshavin will be making a bee-line for Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of the sides' Premier League clash at Old Trafford, after revealing he wants the shirt off the Portuguese's back.

The £15 million signing from Zenit St Petersburg is set to return to the Gunners' starting XI against Sir Alex Ferguson's champions-elect at the weekend, having missed Arsenal's previous two matches against United and Chelsea through ineligibility and illness respectively.

And having netted six goals in 10 league games since arriving at the beginning of February - including four against Liverpool at Anfield - the playmaker is keen to help seal all three points for Arsene Wenger's side, delaying the Red Devils' title celebrations in the process.

But despite recently revealing he does not usually accept shirts from opposing players - apart from collecting No.9 jerseys for a former coach in his homeland - he will be asking for Ronaldo's No.7 top on Saturday in order to collect brownie points at home.

"I do not like to swap shirts with opponents," he said. "I only tried to do it once before, just for my wife. She asked me to bring her Cristiano Ronaldo's jersey.

"She likes him very much as a player. But my attempt to do it after our national team match against Portugal failed."

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