Arshavin deal close, Eduardo bags Reserves hat-trick

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger remains ‘hopeful’ that Andrei Arshavin will be a Gunners player by the end of the current transfer window.

27-year-old versatile forward Arshavin has attracted an array of admiring clubs on the strength of two spectacular Euro 2008 performances against Sweden and the Netherlands, and it’s Arsenal who are in the front seat to sign him.

Wenger himself does not rule out the Zenit St Petersberg star coming to the Emirates, but he also admits that negotiations have stalled.

“[We are] nowhere. That means we are not close to signing anybody,” he said.

“We know what we want to do, but we are not close to signing today because I would tell you. But there is no basic news. There again, we are in negotations yes but we want to respect our principles.

“I am very hopeful [of a deal]. We will know in days because the transfer window closes on February 2 and we have only crossed halfway.

“If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen. There again, we want to continue to improve here with the players we have.”

The ever reliable Arsenal Analysis revealed earlier this afternoon that Arshavin will quite literally go on ‘strike’ if his move to Arsenal isn’t accepted.

Gooner Talk will keep you updated with the latest on Andrei Arshavin and any other transfer stories that comes our way.

In other news, Crozillian frontman Eduardo is set to continue his recovery in Arsenal’s reserves next week.

Neil Banfield’s second-string take on newcomers Stoke City next Wednesday, and boss Arsene Wenger says the Croatian international will continue his comeback in that game.

Eduardo, out since last February, played the first half of the reserves’ 2-0 win over Portsmouth on December 16.

“Eduardo has had only 45 minutes in the reserves until now so he needs to play games,” said Wenger.

“He will certainly play in the reserves again next week.”

Arsenal Magazine conducted an exclusive interview with Eduardo in which the 25-year-old spoke about his comeback. Not only that, but an article from the Daily Mail also reveals that Dudu scored a hatrick in a training match against the first team!

Once again, Gooner Talk strive to keep you updated with ALL of the latest injury news and match build-up as the Gunners look to challenge in the league and cup competitions this season.


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