The need for Arsenal to sign a proper combative midfielder, which Gooners and football experts alike have been banging on about for ages, does not seem so desperate anymore. Not only has Aaron Ramsey rediscovered his confidence and hit a rich vein of form in the box-to-box role, but Mathieu Flamini has added real steel to the spine of the team. The Frenchman’s solidity also seems to have rubbed off on Mikel Arteta, so the Gunners are looking good.
The Russian international and club record signing Andrey Arshavin has come to the end of his Arsenal contract and is set to go back to Russia and play for his former club Zenit St. Petersburg again. At 32-years old, Arshavin may still have a few good years to offer Zenit, although if he plays like he did at Arsenal for the last few years, he may have trouble getting a game there as well.
It is a fact of life that things do not always work out the way they are supposed to. For Arsenal and their record signing Andrey Arshavin this has certainly been the case. The Russian will be at a loose end very soon, when his contract comes to an end, but there is no queue of clubs lining up to take him on a free transfer, which shows just how far he has fallen since joining the Gunners back at the beginning of 2009.
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The Enigma- Andrei Arshavin by Dan S
Andrei Arshavin’s four and half seasons at Arsenal can be summarised as the following, the first two and half he looked a good signing, then he lost his form, his confidence and then he lost his place in the team – and that was that! Without there ever really being an explanation.
There is no doubt that Andrei Arshavin was an extremely talented individual when he first arrived at Arsenal, but it would seem that Arsene Wenger no longer has any faith in the ex-captain of Russia.
The little maestro has only made two League Cup starts for the Gunners this season, despite performing admirably when given the chance, and he must now be deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates and has been practically invisible on the pitch and in the media for a long long time.
Anzhi Makachkala and Zenit St Petersburg are both said to be keeping a keen eye on the Nicklas Bendtner situation, with a view to bringing him to Russia in a £10Mllion+ move.
The Dane’s agent is quoted as saying: “We’ve had contact several times with Russian teams.
“Interest has also been shown by English and Italian clubs and Nicklas would like to play regularly in the Champions League.
“A large number of talented players have gone to Russia in recent years. If a solid proposal arrives, we will consider it.”
Arshavin set to be another player to leave the Emirates by AH
If Arsenal are to buy anyone in this transfer window, it will be most dependent on who leaves the club and at the moment it seems we have a number of players who could be heading for the exit door this January and Andrei Arshavin is set to be one of them.
The most talked about Arsenal transfer rumour this morning is the fact that the Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin is set to join Reading as soon as the window opens. It has even been reported in the local Reading Chronicle yesterday who are known to have contacts at the Majedski Stadium.
The deal with the Gunners is expected to be finalised quickly in early January, although the Chronicle says that Reading are only willing to pay £4 million whereas Arsenal are wanting £5 million.
Andrey Arshavin was the record transfer for Arsenal until Arsene Wenger signed Santi Cazorla from Malaga this summer. He is also thought to be one of the highest paid players at the club. Despite some flashes of the brilliance we all know he is capable of, it is safe to say that his time at Arsenal has been considerably less successful than hoped. Arsenal fans may be glad to hear, then, that his former club, Zenit St. Petersburg, have decided they want him back and will try to buy him back in January.
Andrey Arshavin was the most expensive signing ever for Arsenal until Arsene Wenger made the genius move of bringing Santi Cazorla to the Emirates this summer, and that must simply be the best transfer into the Premier league this year.
Despite sometimes showing his brilliance for the Gunners, Arshavin has not done enough and must know that his career at Arsenal is all but over. However, the Russian rejected a move back to his old club Zenit St. Petersburg due to his wages and his wish to stay in London.
Arshavin is costing Arsenal by TS
He cost Arsenal a reported £13m to bring in from Zenit. Wenger couldn’t have been happier signing the player in the last hour of the transfer window and beating off the likes of Barcelona for his signature. When he arrived, the first couple of games he played for the Gunners, everyone loved him. Fan’s cheered his name, magazines printed covers of his face and everyone was hailing him as Arsenal’s next big thing. And who could ever forget those four goals he slotted in at Anfield?