Oct 17

Arshavin & Song set for contract talks

Arsenal will continue talks with duo Andrey Arshavin and Alex Song this week, in the hope of extending the midfielder’s contracts.

Arshavin, who impressed in a cameo role during Sunday’s 2-1 win over Sunderland, has a contract which runs until June 2013, prompting manager Arsene Wenger to put a 1-year extension on the table.

Interest for both players is expected to be high, with Arshavin in particular attracting suitors from across Europe including oil-backed Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

Speaking after the Sunderland game, 30-year-old Arshavin said Russia’s qualification for Euro 2012 has left him in ‘high spirits’ ready to perform for the Gunners.

“I’m in high spirits right now. You know, after the game against Slovakia I feel like a load has been taken off my mind”, said Arshavin.

Representatives of Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie are also expected to negotiate extensions in the coming months, with the latter reaffirming his commitment to the club in his Official Matchday programme column at the weekend.

Meanwhile, left-back Andre Santos will continue in defence ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League group stage clash away to Marseille, with Kieran Gibbs unlikely to be risked due to an inflammation of his stomach muscles.

Thomas Vermaelen has been improving in training sessions but is still not fully ready, while Aaron Ramsey is expected to be included in the travelling squad after recovering from a minor hamstring injury.

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8 Responses to “Arshavin & Song set for contract talks”

  1. athlon says:

    Only 1 more season for Arshavin? And Song?

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  2. @athlon: 1 year for Arshavin, long-term deal (3-4 years) for Song.

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  3. Bosun says:

    Give arshavin 2 years extension mr wenger.

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  4. athlon says:

    @Chris Wheatley:
    Thank you so much. I hope that the negotiations will be started with Vermaelen very soo, too.

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  5. wurie says:

    Three Arshavin and five for Song!

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  6. arsenal4ever says:

    good news, both talented players who we need to keep. experience vital

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  7. GiantGooner says:

    Sell Arshavin, we need to promote The Ox to his 3rd-winger role. Extend Song since he’s awesome, and use the Arshavin cash to help fund the bid for the star midfielder we need (ideally Gotze, not that we seem all that likely to winning a bidding war against Real Madrid)

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  8. muhammad says:

    wenger should know dat if he mistakely allowed dis players 2 live he has is self 2 blame

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