yesterday’s blog and comments, the reaction to a possible transfer for Arshavin was interesting. Many people were in favour of the transfer, many people couldn’t see the value of the signing. The main reasons why signing Arshavin isn’t the best move in the world is because we need a player or two right now. We need someone to replace Rosicky, Cesc, Flamini and Walcott who are all injured or departed. Our current mifield is Diaby – Nasri – Denilson – Eboue and it’s not a title winning or top 4 finish midfield in my opinion. The diminutive Russian is a little slight compared to other people in this league and that’s one of the principle reasons Modric didn’t sign for us last year or the year before. Arsene didn’t think he was up to the task. Another interesting piece of information is when asked about Arshavin in summer, Arsene said that he didn’t have the stamina to make it in the Premier league – do you remember that story? So why the sudden u-turn from Arsene? Here’s a recap:
“That Arshavin is a top-level talent is beyond doubt. The only issue is related to the fact that the leading leagues in the world mean you must be at the highest level of physical readiness throughout the season.” “Can he show his full potential every three days that happens every season the same in England and Spain? “In the semi-final meeting with the Spaniards, in which Arshavin looked to be exhausted, has forced me to ask this question.”Yes, indeed, this quote from direct from Arsene. Unless Arsene is happy to play him only in the cup or on weekends. But if this is the case, it raises the question of whether he’s worth the money… £12m, £15m or £20m… But in an interesting twist and contrary to yesterday’s reports, apparently, we’re not in negotiations. Arshavin’s agent was quoted todaya as saying:
“There is no news, no negotiations yet. I represent the player and I can assure you I would know if something had been discussed.”And his agent also went on to say that it’s Zenit, the club themselves who are trying to sell Arshavin as well as raise his price. A tactic which has seen no-one buy him despite interest from Sp*rs, Barcelona and other clubs in the summer.
“It is the people of Zenit trying to initiate