Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on Andrey Arshavin, claiming him to be the most creative force in the league.
Arshavin has been a consistent performer this season, and has scored five goals thus far.
Wenger believes that the stats clearly outline how important Arshavin has been to the team, and is looking forward to extending his current contract.
"If you look at the stats, he is the player who has created more chances than everybody else in the Premier League this season, so his numbers are quite surprising to people who think he has not done so well," Wenger said.
"I believe that since the start of the season in the Premier League, he has been better at creating chances than anyone else.
"He has a long future at the club - as long as his contract lasts at least, or until we extend his contract, and that is for I think 18 months.
"We are always in negotiations now because when you sign a player for four years, after two years you have to renegotiate so we keep it as quiet as possible."