Ramsey hails Arshavin impact

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has hailed his Gunners' team-mate Andriy Arshavin as a great role model.The 18-year-old joined from Cardiff City last summer and has made 12 league appearances for the North London outfit since, scoring once.And the youngster has praised the impact fellow midfielder Arshavin has had on him and the rest of the squad following the 28-year-old's arrival from Zenit St Petersburg in February."He's a great role model for younger people and definitely someone I can learn from in training," he told BBC Sport."He is probably one of the smallest players to play in the Premiership but he's one of the best."He is very good on the ball, technically gifted, can score goals from anywhere and has great vision.

"He's a role model for kids from all age groups to idolise."

Ramsey and Arshavin could be facing each other on Wednesday night, as Wales meet Russia in a 2010 World Cup qualifier.

However, the latter's participation is currently in doubt, after he hobbled off during the Gunners' 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford and missed the tie with Liechenstein at the weekend.

"I don't know his situation but he came off against Manchester United with a slight groin injury," Ramsey said.

"I don't know if he'll risk it. I picked up a slight knee knock in the same game and he was laughing in the changing room afterwards saying at least I wouldn't get to play against Russia!"