Feb 24

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.


19 Responses to “Arsenal set to receive £1m as Arshavin deal nears”

  1. athlon says:

    So Arsenal will get €1m and 100.000/matches?

  2. b johnson says:

    can we loan out walcott as well?

  3. Kranky_Gooner says:

    This would be a strange and negative move. Arshavin has significant value in Russia. He remains the national star and was instrumental and bringing the world cup. If Wenger had given up on him, then he should have been sold to the highest bidder Anzhi in January, when we had time to adequately replace him. That sale may have brought in over £7M, whereas now we will be fortunate to sell him for half of that.

    Despite his attitude, fitness and mental fragility, we don’t have another player as capable of conjuring something out of nothing or feeding van Persie.

    What is Wenger doing? If he had this in mind, then why loan Ryo? Given Ramsey is out injured, who else is capable of making an impact as the attacking midfield? Rozza, no thanks. And Benayoun is better used out wide.

  4. Murt says:

    Seems like a big risk to let Arshavin go considering out recent injury problems…

  5. […] are swelling about Zenit St. Petersburg making a move for Andrei Arshavin. The deal is apparently a loan until the summer with a loan fee of £1m, with the possibility of a permanent deal later on. There are a lot of different opinions going […]

  6. Northbanksy says:


    Completely agree. I’d like to see him taking Ramseys place (central attacking mid-field behind RVP) for a few games.
    he’s a very clever player who’s been wasted at Arsenal playing wide left.

  7. fan says:

    It seems that Arshavin wanted to go rather than Wenger trying to get rid of him. Andrei wanted 1st team playing time to get into Russia team and Wenger didn’t want to stand in the way.

  8. Marty Price says:

    Another silly move. Ryo is out on loan, and Zenit would probably play him through the middle where he belongs. He is a senior player on a squad with not a lot of heart or experiance…oh well we are getting used to senseless stuff like this unfortunately.

  9. gunner17 says:

    i don’t like how wenger has managed any of arshavin’s time at the club. his departure is as perplexing as the rest of his arsenal career. wenger doesn’t make any sense.

    maybe wenger’s decided to just focus on the next generation. get rid of the remnants of the old team faster so that the new guys can bed in faster. but if that’s what it is, why loan out miyaichi? why are almunia, squillaci, diaby, denilson, vela and bendtner still on the books?

    maybe he’s trying to free up some space on our wage bill. arshavin was on big money…up there near rvp…so for how much he was being used he was our most expensive and most underutilised player. getting him off the wage bill makes sense.

    this will make sense if we get a hazard or gotze in the summer and put him on rvp wages.

  10. John says:

    If we make top four or not the squad needs a massive overhaul in summer.

    Almunia, Squillaci, Diaby, Denilson, Vela and Bendtner are still on the books because we pay them £60,000 a week. Who is going to pay them those wages plus transfer fee. Arshavin is most likely to leave in summer with Chamakh because they still have a massive appeal in France & Russia. Diaby it more to do with his injuries rather than the quality of player.

  11. gunner17 says:

    if i were wenger, i would say publically to those players mentioned above: ‘do you want to sit here on big money and never play, because i will not play you any more, or do you want to go somewhere and make a name for yourself in this sport. up to you.’ he should name check all of the above players and make a very public challenge to their position. that’ll get them moving.

  12. Sam says:

    This doesn’t make any sense. I understand getting rid of Arshavin but wouldn’t it have made sense to sell him in January and buy a replacement? Now we are just losing a midfielder that could have come into the team if needed (injuries etc). Don’t forget, 2 weeks ago, Arshavin provided the assist for Henry to score the winner against sunderland.
    I understand Arshavin prob. wanted to leave but wenger’s first priority should be arsenal not the players. Our small squad (in terms of quality) is now even smaller.

    While I agree that Arshavin should have gone only if we signed a quality replacement. How does Wenger expect our squad to go on a strong run to get 4th place when we are now a midfielder short, ryo miyachi on loan, squad morale low, henry gone, and the fact that we usually drop off at the end of the season not finish strong.
    Wenger just doesn’t learn lessons. I really want wenger to do well and win something with arsenal before he leaves which is why I’ve backed him but its getting really hard to keep the faith now. Does anyone expect us to do serious business this summer? We all know what will happen. Van Persie will leave, Theo stays on a bumper wage (90k) and we sign players late in the transfer window that are not our main targets after low balling clubs with low offers and players going to other teams.

    The following players must be replaced this summer:
    Gibbs if he can’t stay fit,

  13. Sam says:

    I still prefer keeping Arshavin till the summer because Arshavin’s fav position is in the hole behind the striker (number 10 position) and has never played here for arsenal. Doesn’t it make sense to try and play him there to give van persie more service esp. since our plan A is not working and playing with walcott is like playing with 10 men.

  14. Mark X says:


    I would add Almunia to the list of player that we should offload in the summer. I would keep Gibbs and Diaby though. Both have had a lot of injury problems but I believe are worth persevering with for one more season at least.

  15. viera says:

    Arshavin was a gazidis signing …wenger did not particlarly want him. + he is part of the problem.not the solution . His effort or lack of it on the field was pathetic and it is/was spreading to the rest of the team….good riddance

  16. BigL says:

    Nasri Is going nowhere
    Cesc is going nowhere
    Arshavin is going nowhere

    Gazidis has already stared on the. RVP is going nowhere statements. We all know where tha one will end

  17. WillyG says:

    Wenger tried to get rid of Arshavin in January but like many of Arsenal’s other players, there are no takers.
    That tells a lot about the quality of Wenger’s signings.
    Wenger, get out!! NOW!!

  18. Alex says:

    Arsenal fans are so fickle!! Always moaning moaning moaning!! Wenger can’t do anything right apparently, well piss off!!! Arabs in was a pile of shit. By loaning out arshavin, he’s got rid of a shit player who has been replaced by chamberlain rightly so, he’s received 1mill and saved 100k on wages AND he’s put arshavin in the shop window! If he does well for zenit and Russia at the euros, then we can sell him for higher! Wengers clever!! You lot are dumb. Arshavin brought nothing to the team…it’s fair play sayin he shud of played in the middle, but he doesn’t have enough workrate, he’s too lazy, so our midfield wud have got bum rushed more!!! Never wenger out!! I believe in wenger!! Watch you smeg heads change your mind half way thru next season n start bummin him again wen things are goin well! It’s all good sayin get rid of other players but u have to remember, we got shit loads of games left so let’s flipping get behind wenger and the team!! All you supporters sound like you work for the sun! So media influenced Waste!!!!

  19. Ziggy says:

    wow, everyone is a better football manager than Wenger now, amazing. you guys are incredible.


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