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24arshavin

Morning all.

My name is Andrei Arshavin and this is 24 days of my life…

Thursday 1st January 2009

This is the day that the transfer window opened. I am still at Zenit. My dear friend Jack Bauer and he has promised to free me from this place and take me to a promised land. I sit here in my house and wonder about the day I will gain freedom.

Friday 2nd January 2009

Today I’ve found out that Arsenal has spoken to Zenit and are negotiating my freedom from hostage. I look out of my window, but can not see the Emirates plane; where are you Arsene? There is no press conference today – I will have to wait until next Friday.

Saturday 3rd January 2009

Secret Agent Dennis Latcher has called me today. He wants to talk about how much money I will pay to leave. Zenit give me a measly £90,000 per week, but this money means nothing to me, it is blood money. He told me the conversation was strictly confidential and that no-one at Zenit could know. In case Zenit have bugged my house, we have spoken in morse code for the last 3 hours.

I will think about this. This could be the key to my freedom.

Sunday 4th January 2009

I have stayed up all night with my calculator and can see that I can pay – I can pay a lot to gain my freedom. My weekly earnings are £90,000. My outgoings are £789. I have a surplus of £81,211. This is good. I will call Secret Agent Dennis Latcher and tell him I can accept anywhere from £789 – £90,000. My freedom is worth more than money.

Monday 5th January 2009

Today was a big day in my life. In a secret meeting held in Moscow, I have been informed that Zenit officials have met with my people. They have agreed to let me go. But they want ransom money, I believe they want £20,000,000 which we I do not have yet. Secret Agent Dennis Latcher says he will contact MI6 Chief Ken Friar. They want me to leave Russia soon. It may be my only hope. I will start packing my bags.

Tuesday 6th January 2009

In my adventure to the south of Russia, I have found a small eating place they call a “cafe”. In these premises is a small TV with SKY Sports News on it. I can see they talk about me. No-one here knows who I am, although they all look at me weirdly. I am wearing a disguise – a moustache and glasses – I have a plastic big nose on – maybe that is why I have the weird looks.

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.

I am happy at this news. I hope, I pray.

Wednesday 7th January 2009

I went back to my secret cafe and have been watching these sports channels. Secret Agent Dennis Latcher was caught in London by CIA News of the World. He has been tortured for information. I pray he is okay. I do not want him to be hurt. But he is good, he did not reveal too much.

“There is no news, no negotiations yet. I represent the player and I can assure you I would know if something had been discussed.”

I have not spoke to him yet – is this true? I need to find out.

Thursday 8th January 2009

Today I went to Zenit headquarters. I went there to pick up my kit. It needed washing. I could not see anyone when I went there. It was very quiet, I was very scared. As I travelled back to my house, I got a phone call. It was Secret Agent Dennis Latcher:

“It is the people of Zenit trying to initiate some kind of interest. They are trying to use the media to make the price of Arshavin £20million – I would not take it seriously.”

But now what can we do? Can we affect the global economy to change the exchange rate? That I do not know. What I do know is that Zenit are holding out for this ransom. It is criminal. But it is the world we live in. I will wait another day. Tonight I will will make chicken and pasta, it will make me feel better. There is a press conference tomorrow – I will speak of my freedom then. Time to sleep.

Friday 9th January 2009

Today, I woke up and received a parcel. It contained a special letter from Arsenal. They have asked me to kept it a secret. It is a Junior Gunners kit – with a little badge. I cannot wait until the day I can wear the real badge. I will speak at the pres conference soon, but I must not mention Arsenal, this I know.

“I want to play at a good European club and I want to prove how good I am. I think it is a distant prospect that Zenit will ever be as big as the likes of Real Madrid or Juventus. It will take some time and Zenit must win many titles first. But recently the club have been progressing. The main thing is that the management should have willingness and players should be provided with opportunities.”

There, I have proclaimed my release.

Saturday 10th January 2009

Today I went fishing. I could not catch any fish because it was too cold. I returned home. As soon I returned home, I had a message on the answering machine. It was Secret Agent Dennis Latcher. He has told me that Arsenal have made an offer to Zenit for my release.

This pleases me and I will watch Eastenders today to learn how to speak.

Sunday 11th January 2009

Today I received a telegram. It was a signing telegram. It was from Zenit – they will not negotiate. I ran to the cafe. It was my only way of finding the real truth… and then I saw this and I knew it was true.

“I can confirm that Zenit did get an official offer from Arsenal about Andrei Arshavin. It was rejected as insufficient. They offered about £10m. No new offers have arrived from them since. At the moment, Arsenal are the only club to have approached us about the player.”

Monday 12th January 2009

Today I met with Secret Agent Dennis Latcher. He is a good man. I gave him my book – I hired it from Zenit’s Library under a fake name – it is called “Positive Thinking by Peter Crouch”. We must speak what we want and one day it may come true.

Later that day I received a memo.

“Negotiations between the clubs about Arshavin are continuing. Since both sides want them to be successful, we should expect a good outcome soon — and certainly before the end of the transfer window.”

Postive thinking could work. I am waiting anxiously.

Tuesday 13th January 2009

Silence. Sometimes a good thing, something a bad thing. Sometimes an okay thing. Sometimes a little bit okay, a little bit bad and a little bit good. Silence.

Silence confuses me. I do not know what to think. I will drink an expresso. Tomorrow will be a different day.

Wednesday 14th January 2009

I have mixed signals. Zenit refuse to negotiate, but today I received the terms of my release.

Arsenal are offering me £80,000 per week, this is 80 x what I wanted so there is no problem here. They say everytime I score a goal I will receive another £5,000 and every time I make an assist I will also receive another £5,000. This money is too much, but I will accept it – as I do not want to cause problems.

In the letter, they told me to watch Sky Sports news tomorrow. I will pack some socks and go to the cafe in the morning.

Thursday 15th January 2009

I left my house early. I went to the cafe. On the way I coughed. It was a sign that something could happen soon. When I got to the cafe, I saw Arsene Wenger OBE on the TV. I listened intently.

“I am very hopeful. Days? Yes, because the transfer window will close and we have already crossed halfway. It will be days. But, if it doesn’t happen then it doesn’t happen.  We want to continue to improve and focus on what we can improve here with the players we have.”

This is just a cover I know. It is a tactical statement to Zenit – I am not worried that they do not need me, I am worried that Zenit won’t let me go.

Friday 16th January 2009

This morning I slept in. I awoke at 11am. I will need to change my ways soon as pre-season training starts soon. When I woke up, I had a bird on the ledge of my window. The bird had a note – the note was branded “The Sun” with a picture of Arsene Wenger OBE.

It read:

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

I am worried.

Saturday 17th January 2009

It is day 17 and I am very worried that my release will not be granted.

“I don’t think it is worth to talk about [Arshavin] at the moment because we are nowhere near signing him. But he is one of the players we consider. He is not the only one we are on. Yes [I am still hopeful over a transfer].

If this does not happen by the end of this week, I am planning to travel to London. I will need a Visa for this – or maybe a mastercard. I need to speak to Secret Agent.

Sunday 18th January 2009

Today I devised a plan. I have employed the KGB to run a credit card scam on Dick Advocat. They will charge £1,000,000 worth of vodka to his credit card. My people will help him pay it off. I need him on my side.

Monday 19th January 2009

My credit card fraud attempt has paid off, Dick Advocat is broke and needs the money. He has broken ranks.

“Negotiations with Arsenal continue and the chances are very high that Arshavin will soon play in the English Premier League.”

This is the best news I have heard. I have paid the KGB £250,000 and now I believe the move will happen. I am pleased.

Today, I boarded a plane to Dubai. I am going to train with Zenit until I move. It is very awkward. No one sat next to me.

Tuesday 20th January 2009

Today I have heard much news. Arsenal have offered £12,000,000 but Zenit want more. I read in the newspaper this morning – The Daily Zenit – a quote from the leader, Maxim Mitrofanov.

“The situation has not changed since Friday, which means Arsenal would like to pay only £12m, not one cent more. And we, at Zenit, are ready to discuss with them about maybe a better offer from our side. We are ready to make a step forward to them, but they should do the same. However, I have told the people from Arsenal we are ready to discuss a lot of things to make the situation easier for them. They have a deadline, as I understand, until 26th January, because after that, they should have some time to get another player and I respect this position.”

Zenit are willing to discuss. I am very happy.

Wednesday 21st January 2009

Today I was contacted by Andrew Webster and he told me of his recent events. I sent him a box of chocolates – he has given me a new idea for my freedom. I called Secret Agent Dennis Latcher and told him of this. He made a statement for me. I can see a ray of light now. I will eat pasta tonight.

“Unfortunately in this matter there is no movement. The sticking point is, of course, money and rather the totally unacceptable amount of Zenit’s demands for Andrei. The position of the club remains unchanged and that is the reality that we have faced for a long time. If the situation remains unchanged we will use Article 17 of the Fifa rules and buy out the contract of Andrei at the club, which could happen as early as November this year.

Thursday 22nd January 2009

Today is final day so far in my series… I am in Dubai training for Saturday’s game with Uzbekistan.

I shouted out from my hotel:

My hopes now rest with God. Apart from him, nobody can help me.”

Apparently the media are here and have published it. I will shout out something else. Maybe they will publish that too:

“Zenit have to think realistically. I believe that Arsenal’s offer is much closer to my real value in the transfer market at the moment.”

I hope I have not crossed the line. There are only two days left in my series. I hope that it can be resolved. I hope they listen to me. Only God can help me.

As I walk downstairs to train, I am presented with a cake, inside the cake is a note – it is from Lord Peter Hill Wood. It reads:

“This is our final offer – we don’t go any further. If we don’t get him, we don’t get him. There are other fish in the sea.”

I should try and go fishing soon, the fish will be warmer here.

I will wait… I will wait anxiously and pray for my release.]]>

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[NICE stuff Dev !

    This has become a saga hasn't it. Oh well. 4 more days to go. Can you make a sort of countdown timer to the end of 26th Jan. Could be sort of like a bomb-timer from 24. That'd be cool. We'd know how close we came to the end before we either signed him or confirmed that we weren't going to.]]>

  • RF

    < ![CDATA[Great Stuff !! Awesome Creative Writing Dev ,

    After reading it, You'd desperately beg for a Arshawin's Move to Arsenal . innit ?

    Hope to see the Dawn with Arshawin's Move.]]>

  • Gooner Get Ya

    < ![CDATA[LOL...excellent work Dev :-)

    Let us prey that this saga will end before the 26th...but I doubt it.

    Do we know of any other likely targets other than Arshavin and Toth?]]>

  • zohaib

    Somebody from Stuttgart called Serdar Tasci or something. German international if i recall correct

  • zohaib

    According to SkySports, Hoffenheim, the German club that’s having a flying season, wanted to sign Bendtner. But he rejected a move.

  • Berth

    Good one Dev.

  • Fabrez

    Quality writing Dev…very creative! Come on Zenit…let Andrei go!

  • Debs

    Lol Dev! What a brilliant way to look at it. It sort of makes you feel sympathetic towards players, when it comes to delayed transfers. But hopefully his saga will be over soon- don’t think we’ll be able to handle a second series!

  • http://kierandelaney.net/blog kierandelaney.net/blog

    < ![CDATA[le'BBC:

    Eduardo says he is ready to return to Arsenal’s first team after playing the full 90 minutes for the club’s reserves against Stoke on Wednesday.

    It was the first time the 25-year-old striker had completed a match since he suffered a career-threatening injury against Birmingham last February.

    The Croatian told Arsenal’s website: “In my head and everything I am ready. I feel much stronger. I am happy now.

    “I think I am ready for the first team but you would have to ask the boss.”

    There had been fears for Eduardo’s career when he suffered a fractured left fibula and an open dislocation of his left ankle after a tackle by Martin Taylor during the 2-2 draw at St Andrew’s on 23 February.

    The striker, who had surgery on the same day, missed the remainder of the season and Euro 2008 but has been undergoing an intensive rehabilitation programme that included spells in his native Brazil.

    606: DEBATE
    Hope he comes back even stronger then before

    lourence12337

    He returned to action in a reserve game against Portsmouth in December, but had not played for 90 minutes until Wednesday’s 2-2 draw against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

    “It has been a long time since I’ve played 90 minutes and now I feel better knowing that I can play a whole game,” he added.

    “The plan against Portsmouth reserves was to play an hour but we decided with the small injury that I should go off because of the risk in continuing the game. But I am happy now, I played 45 minutes of that game which was good for my confidence.

    “I feel very well and I’m training hard every day. Of course I want to come back quick and strong. Now, every game for me is a big step.

    “I am happy with the 90 minutes on a very hard pitch with all the hard rain. I needed time in the reserves to get my match fitness back.

    “But playing my first game for the first team, I am ready now and I am just waiting for my chance.”
    ]]>

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[Can't wait for Eduardo to be back! But I'm sure Wenger'll wait until he thinks he's 100% ready.
    Just read on Skysports that Athletico Madris bid for Eboue and it was rejected- apparently he's up for a contract renewal. lol

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_4834502,00.html ]]>

  • Gooner Get Ya

    < ![CDATA[Happy days...Eduardo is on is way back. I can't wait to see him back in the first team. Hopefully this will shake Ade up a bit and get him playing for his place.

    Plus you never know we may have Arshavin's signature soon as well]]>

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[Can't wait for Eduardo to be back, but I'm sure Wenger'll wait until he thinks he's 100% ready. I'd so love to go watch his first game back. But well, there's no rush!

    Just read on sky sports that Athletico Madrid bid for Eboue, and it was rejected. Apparently, he's up for a renewal! Lol. Guess Eboue isn't going elsewhere, and I'm actually happy about that!]]>

  • JDD

    < ![CDATA[i think zenit r gonna wait until the last day of the window and hope that we ofer ridiculous money.
    i think we should just offer 15mil and get it over and done with.we shoud also get kranjcar 12mil and richards 5mil(i heard man city are considering offers for around 5mil from wigan and bolton)]]>

  • zohaib

    I wonder how much this has to do with Arshavin. Maybe if we got Arshavin we would sell/loan Eboue to Atletico. Maybe this means we’re not getting Arshavin.

  • Ric

    < ![CDATA[Well thanks alot Zohaib...

    Thats just put me in a bad mood... No Arshavin but its alright because Eboue is stayin... Just great!.. lol..]]>

  • Fabrez

    lol @ Ric! I think selling Eboue will mean Arsenal will have some funds in the kitty and that may make the Russians stubborn…possibly upping Arshavin’s price cuz they want some of that Eboue money we would have got. Arsenal getting money at this point is NOT good as weird as that sounds. Just a thought… So maybe it has something to do with Arshavin in a gud way…

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[Interesting thinking Fabrez.
    I like your angle better. Let's hope for the best.

    Don't loose faith Ric. Rosicky coming back will be a HUGE plus for us, maybe not this season though. But that guy is a class act. Just saw his performance against Liverpool either last year or year before last. I think it was the league game. Not sure. He scored 2 in the first half. One was the chip. The other was a mazy run and quickshot past the keeper.]]>

  • zohaib

    *saw highlights of his performance

  • Fabrez

    Let’s hope indeed! I just searched those goals u were talking about zohaib. Absolute class…he’s definitely a top top player…shame he got a total freak injury tho…bcuz even Eduardo broke his leg after him and is back way b4 him. If we don’t get him back this season, at least he’ll have the summer to recover and train 2 b close to where he was b4.

  • Debs

    Lol Fabrez. Great way of looking at it! And yeah, Zohaib, Rosicky coming back next season will be amazing. I’m already forgetting what he’s like (his style of play) :( Thank God for highlights though!

  • Gooner Get Ya

    Looks like the Arshavin deal will be done today (23rd Jan) for a grand sum of 15M over 2 years…not sure 15M is the right price for him but at least it is light at the end of this transfer saga.

  • Terry Clague

    < ![CDATA[Intresting comments from this blog (wrighty7): Cast your mind back to last season. Arsenal were drawn against Manchester United in the FA Cup and Arsene Wenger fielded an almost reserve side. We were hammered and deservingly so, but we wasn't as hammered on the pitch as much as Arsene Wenger was in the aftermath to the game. Every pundit and newspaper couldn't wait to have a pop at Arsene Wenger for fielding an understrength side. So how come we haven't seen the same with Harry Redknapp? For the FA Cup game with United at the weekend Redknapp has admitted he will play the weakest team he can find because that's how it has to be. I'm sorry but the Spuds might as well not bother turning up! Where is all the criticism for Harry Redknapp? I suppose he is immune to it from the media because his son is in the game and Harry is such a nice chap. Maybe it goes deeper than that. Maybe because he is an Englishman he is exempt from being criticised and the horrible foreign lot at Arsenal, who are ruining the English game by the way, deserve to be shot at at every opportunity there is. From my knowledge Arsene Wenger has never ducked a press conference and always tries to answer a journalist's question. Yet despite all this the media cannot wait to dig the knife into his back, as deep as possible. In the past Harry Redknapp has shown himself to be treacherous, especially to Portsmouth, and he never seems to receive any negative press. He even contridicted himself by saying he inherited a great squad at Tottenham, when they were doing well, and now he says that are not good enough because he is struggling and being found out! Arsene Wenger on the other hand has been loyal to Arsenal and his methods have helped revolutionise the English game. Despite this he is probably the first manager in the Premiership to receive any negativity from the English media.

    Perhaps Arsene Wenger should throw a strop, like Alex Ferguson has many a time, and refuse to talk to the media. Perhaps he should perfect a cheeky cockney accent and then maybe he will get the same treatment as the little darling Harry Redknapp.

    It’s xenophobic, plain and simple and this little Englander attitude most of us have is a reason that England are shit as international level. The more we bum-lick the likes of Harry Redknapp the longer England will suffer at the highest level.

    So can anyone tell me why this hasn’t been picked up by the media? Whats the difference between Wenger and Redknapp?

    I think its because Harry Redknapp is an Englishman.]]>

  • Terry Clague

    < ![CDATA[How many English players do you think would be able to succeed in another country?

    Many world players come into the EPL but very few English players play abroad, do you think any of the players playing for England would make it playing for Madrid, Barca, Milan etc?]]>

  • Dan

    Great news about Eduardo guys. Him with an in-form-van persie is quite mouth watering. I think he will probably be back against West Ham next weekend. Probably on the bench, but a premiership appearance all the same.

  • RF

    < ![CDATA[Comon Arsene, Show me some Eduardo now !!
    I am Really Excited !]]>

  • RF

    BTW Fabrez u really made me feel happy about Eboue’s rejection. LOL, u never know

  • Ric

    < ![CDATA[Haha thanks for trying to make me feel better.

    And I was at Anfield that day when Rosicky stuck them goals in. Absolute quality. Can't wait for him to get back.]]>

  • Fabrez

    lol :D But hopefully today the deal can be done (How many more times will we say that?) *sigh*

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[I know we all want Eduardo back asap, but Mr Wenger has spoilt the optimism by saying that he needs a few more reserve games :(

    “I believe he needs three to four [reserve] games, at least three,” said Wenger. “But what he did on Wednesday was encouraging. Gradually he gets more free in his decision-making. He showed he was physically ready and, of course, intelligent, but he needs one or two more games.”

    But I’m still hopeful Wenger’ll at least stick him on the bench on Sunday!]]>

  • ArseFan101

    Exciting stuff with Eduardo – great article Dev, waiting for episode 23!

  • Fabrez

    Yeah…i’d like him 2 get at least 10 mins in the Cardiff game…depending on the match situation of course. For him it’s about building that confidence back up! And i’m officially about 200% anxious about Zenit saying something 2day…

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[Yeah, it's the confidence issue, but good thing he didn't look like he lacked it against Stoke. But I guess he may still need to build up some more cos the PL's tougher. But 10mins in the FA cup won't hurt, won't it? It's a step higher than the reserves, and arguably not as tough as the PL. But either way, I can't wait for our 'new signing' to start playing in the PL!

    It'll be good to finish the Arshavin deal today, but won't 2moro be perfect, seeing as it would fit so nicely with Dev's 24 theme? Lol!]]>

  • Fabrez

    < ![CDATA[You know...lookin back on Eduardo's performance in the reserves, I liked his positioning. He was well involved...wasn't always waiting to get the ball in the box but was sometimes in positions outside the box where he could receive the pass then indulge in some decent link-up play. But yeah...when he's back it's gonna b a very happy day 4 us all :)

    And i supposed the deal 2morro is fine...but that is another whole 24 hrs! Not sure if i can handle it lol]]>

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[Lol! We're almost there- just a few hrs more. I'm sure Arshavin's having a worse time, going by Dev's 24 analysis!
    But just thinking about it though, it's the weekend 2moro, so does that mean Monday's sort of the 'next day', or do dealings still take place during the weekend?]]>

  • Fabrez

    Hmm…good questions debs…i’m thinking dealings can go on between clubs and the player over a weekend for sure…but i’m unsure whether u can actually register the player with the Premier League during the weekend. My assumption is u cannot… bcuz i think that is why the window is open until the 2nd of Feb…which is a Monday. The 31st falls on a weekend. Don’t think u can register a player with the Prem League on the until the deadline Monday if u strike a deal on the weekend. BUT…don’t take my word for it lol Does anyone know for sure??

  • ArseFan101

    < ![CDATA[One of the stipulations of the transfer window is that the end of the transfer window must fall on a workind day. If Feb 2nd was a bank holiday, it would move to Feb 3rd.

    In England, it's not a problem but in other countries it's slightly harder - as UEFA are all for legal this and legal that (bosman this and webster that) - I can totally see why they always finish it on a working day!]]>

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[Fabrez, seems like Zenit's provided us with an answer (from SkySports):

    “If Arsenal don’t accept our terms, then Arshavin will not be sold to them,” Zenit general director Maksim Mitrofanov told Sport Express.

    “In any case this will be resolved by Saturday evening.”

    So today’s the day! Or rather, evening. I’m as nervous as hell, but shouldn’t be! As Wenger said, if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t happen, but we obviously want it to happen!]]>

  • Fabrez

    I read the story like 5 mins ago and was about to say something about it myself! But u beat me 2 it lol And i guess the is it…Zenit want an extra £2-3M i guess…but we can only wait & see if AW will agree. I personally think Zenit is bluffing with other clubs being interested but…seems as if day number 24 is the grand finale!

  • Fabrez

    *this is it

  • Debs

    < ![CDATA[Lol! Yeah, Zenit should be bluffing, cos what's stopping the other clubs from making official bids if their interested, knowing that our deadline's today?
    Can't wait for the finale! (perfect timing Dev!)
    Like the real 24, Jack Bauer always comes out on top, so hopefully Wenger should do here!]]>

  • Fabrez

    Let’s keep our fingers crossed…today shud b nerve-wracking! What an episode number 24 shall be!

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[Just to add to what muppet Maksim Mitrofanov said :

    Mitrofanov also revealed interest in Arshavin from other Premier League clubs.

    "Arshavin may still end up in England," he said.

    "Several other clubs are interested in him, who haven't yet issued an official approach, but who are ready to do so."

    My question is why haven't the other clubs made an official approach yet ? What are they waiting for ? Why would they be waiting for our deadline to pass - what if we manage to sign the player. Will they then try to make an official bid once the player is already sold ?! I think Fabrez is right. They'r bluffing.

    Who could the other clubs be ? We've heard of ManCity being interested, but heck, they've been linked with almost every player. Chelsea were linked in the summer, but they're not buying anybody in this window and we've heard Kenyon and Scolari both, saying that Roman doesn't have money. lol.
    ManUtd aren't buying either. Liverpool aren't buying either. Spurs have already spent a fortune. Which other club would they sell him to ? He wouldn't want to go to any other club specially because of Champions League football. Aston Villa ? They have a billionaire owner, but they've made some signings themselves. I doubt they're in for Arshavin. Everton ? Wigan ? Newcastle ? I really doubt it. It has to be a bluff. And it's such a pathetic bluff, when he said 'several other clubs are interested in him, who haven't yet made an official approach, but are ready to do so'. What rubbish.]]>

  • zohaib

    The other thing I don’t understand is why Zenit are going about making our transfer bids public. Are Arsenal so stupid that they didn’t prepare for that ? Surely there should’ve been some agreement made before they started negotiating that it wouldn’t be made public. Is it Gazidis who doesn’t really know his job ? How did Wenger not prepare for this, when he knows he’s going to be grilled by the media. And he has only one thing to say when dealing with the press – ‘there is no news’. He doesn’t like making anything public, so how could he not have prepared for Zenit making the details of the negotiations public.

  • Fabrez

    Hmm..good questions zohaib. I don’t think they would have played by the rules and been silent regardless of Arsenal asking for that. I think Arsene & co. just didn’t bother 2 ask for the privacy granted it was definitely worth doing bcuz the media being in on it is the worst thing…quite the pain in the tail. The sooner this deal is done, the better bcuz this publicity is surely not helping us get the player at all…rather making it a lot tougher.

  • Debs

    I think the reason’s probably because there’s really not much of a big deal about transfer fees being made public. Also, I doubt the russians would have agreed to any such deal, cos it’s not so much as if they’re willing to sell to us in particular, they’re looking for the highest bid, and that’s the only way they could try and tempt people. Besides, it’s hardly worked to our disadvantage, really- we still know what we’ve always known- Wenger’ll not spend over the odds for any player, even Arshavin.

  • zohaib

    < ![CDATA[Still no news !

    What's taking them so long !?]]>

  • Debs

    Lol! I expect them to leave it to like the last second of the day, cos I’m sure they’re still waiting for some imaginary bid from City!

  • Fabrez

    I actually slept then got up…and nothing! Yeah….its gonna b a late 1 it seems. Replay for Aston Villa in the cup….that’s good! More games 2 play 2 tire them out a bit!

  • zohaib

    STILL NO NEWS !!!!!

  • zohaib

    What’s the time difference in Russia ? Don’t they need to sleep !

  • Debs

    My thoughts exactly mate! lol

  • Fabrez

    AHHHHHHHHH!!!!