Here at Gooner Talk we strive to make things just that little bit more easy for you. And because of that, we’ve decided to publish live updates of Andrei Arshavin’s ongoing move to Arsenal.
According to Setanta Sports, the move is ‘imminent’ and as we revealed on Saturday, Zenit St Petersberg will make their final decision on whether to accept Arsenal’s £15m bid for the Russian playmaker.
Refresh your page for live updates (updates will come every 30 minutes or so, these cannot be guaranteed, but Gooner Talk will try our best to keep up with the International news services)
13:00 Russian national team-mate and Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel says that Arshavin would ‘succeed’ in England, but he has heard rumours that the 27-year-old is more keen on a move to Spain.
Source: Setanta Sports
14:00 – According to Russian daily Life.RU, Arsenal fans are ‘against’ the signing of Arshavin. The article discusses that Gooners believe he is ‘over-rated’ and that money can buy ‘two very good players’ for the amount the Gunners will pay for him.
15:00 – Life.RU suggest the deal is already complete, with Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov putting his money where his mouth is to securing Arshavin.
17:00 – Arshavin insists he is still waiting to be told if he will be allowed to join Arsenal.
Source: Sky Sports
18:00 – Talks with Arsenal are still “ongoing” according to Zenit spokesman Alexei Petrov. He said:
“The news on the move Arshavin in Arsenal at 18.00 Moscow time yet. Everything is the same at the moment”.
Differing views from three Russian sites. The obvious one to believe is Zenit’s official website who state that a deal has been ‘agreed’ in principal. Unfortunately, Arshavin is UNHAPPY with the contract offered to him which means a deal is STILL ongoing.
Life.RU say the deal is wrapped up. They also include quotes from Gunners shareholder Alisher Usmanov who reveals he will be ‘ready to get involved in talks if needs be.’
Fontanka talk about Arshavin’s reluctance to lower his wages and how the deal has been called to a halt for at least tonight.
Source: Zenit Official Site, Life.RU & Fontanka
It looks like we’ll have to wait a little longer for further progress in this deal which seems to of dragged on for months.
What does look obvious, is the fact that Arshavin wants to join Arsenal. Technically, he has agreed personal terms with the club – just not the contract. Arshavin wants to be an Arsenal player, Arsenal want the play, just some minor details need carving out before the deal is complete.
Stay tuned to Gooner Talk for the latest updates on Arsenal’s Russian target.