Arsenal set to receive £1m as Arshavin deal nears
Andrey Arshavin is on the verge of rejoining his former team Zenit St Petersberg on loan before Friday night’s Russian transfer deadline, according to Sky Sports.
The Russian midfielder has made most of his 27 appearances this term as a substitute and has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates, with youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain impressing in recent games.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger responded to question’s about Zenit’s approach in his pre-North London Derby press conference, saying:
“I have no proof [to see if they’ve contacted Arshavin personally]. I do not check the phone bills of Andrey Arshavin so I don’t know.”
Arsenal are expected to receive a £1million loan fee for the 30-year-old in a lucrative deal which is likely to cost Zenit around €100k-a-game in wages.
Zenit’s midfield star Danny is currently ruled out for the rest of the season, meaning Arshavin should be able to get plenty of game time ahead of this summer’s European Championships.