The Arshavin news has gone a little crazy with some people saying it's a done deal. Fees have been touted in the region of £15m - £20m... is this really happening? It seems very much unlike Arsene to splash out that kind of money, especially for a player who will be 28 this season.
Where is the resale value of a 28 year old bought at £20m? Arsene must surely be pulling our leg as he goes undercover for a unknown player of some sort. Surely for £20m we could have bought Inler, Alonso, Barry - players we really need! Maybe we could get a Inler and a Podolski for that much!
According to Sky Sports, we're in talks...
However, in recent weeks, speculation concerning a possible January move to Arsenal has increased after he was given permission to discuss his departure from Zenit. Reports suggest Zenit are demanding a £20million fee for Arshavin, but the Gunners value the 27-year-old at considerably less.
Zenit, though, have told Sky Sports News that they are confident of agreeing a deal to sell the playmaker to Arsenal this month.
Unless Arsene manages a really cheap deal or a Bendtner swap, it could be a huge waste of money… he won’t even have adapted until next season!
Hmmm, I’m not convinced… Let’s see what you have to say…
Mason talks about the recent news on Arshavin…
Arsene Wenger has given – in my opinion – the biggest indication that he is attempting to sign Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg, with some rather candid comments on the official website about Champions League ineligibility not being a concern. The manager did not specifically mention the Russian but the following statement definitely suggest to me that a move for Arshavin is being negotiated. Observe:
“If the right player comes in, even if he is not available for the Champions League, his class is more important for me. At the moment I feel that if we do add somebody, we need to add somebody who has a special class because we have good players.”
In my eyes this comment directly refers to Arshavin and am a firm supporter of most people’s notion that he is a player with the class to improve our squad. In terms of ready-to-play creative midfielders we have Cesc Fabregas, Tomas Rosicky, Abou Diaby and Samir Nasri and considering the first two are injured we’re in dire need of reinforcements. I think Arshavin can provide something that we lack – namely intelligence and confidence in front of goal – and as I said yesterday I’d love to see this move eventuate.
And Willsscott tells us what he thinks of the Russian playmaker:
I’m obviously hopeful but somehow can’t see him at the Emirates in two weeks time. I’d love to, as I reckon he’s just as good as Rosicky who hasn’t played in over a year, and would be a good alternate for Walcott until he’s back. He can also play on both flanks and is a better wide man than any of Eboue, Diaby or Denilson.
A loan move might look a bit more realistic if they can’t agree a fee and to be honest, that may not be such a bad thing. In the summer Wenger can then see just how far the team has come and where he needs to strengthen.
I would still like to see a defensive midfielder as cover for Denilson or even for Denilson to play understudy too. Not sure who, as Yaya Toure has said he wants to stay at Barca. This again seems unlikely though as Wenger has said he will not be signing Inler, who would have been a great choice.
Flamini back would make my year so far!
The consensus in the comments is that the defensive midfield position is paramount. And somehow for Bendtner to be exchanged or loaned out. Come on Arsene, sort it out!
More later… Tonight could be a long night…]]>