Arshavin set to be another player to leave the Emirates by AH
If Arsenal are to buy anyone in this transfer window, it will be most dependent on who leaves the club and at the moment it seems we have a number of players who could be heading for the exit door this January and Andrei Arshavin is set to be one of them.
Arshavin has been quoted with a move to Reading FC with their Russian billionaire owner very keen on signing the former Russia captain. Arshavin has changed a lot since we signed him almost 4 years ago, on a snowy January deadline day. All the top European clubs wanted to sign him after a impressive Euro 2008 competition and we managed to beat the likes of Barcalona for his signature. Arshavin made an instant impact for the club and his most memorable moment will be his 4 goals at Anfield. Over the years he made less impact, however quality still shows every now and then and who can forget his winner against Barcalona at the Emirates! I think it is a shame that we are letting Arshavin go as I think he still has quality in him, however if he isn’t going to show it every week and is demanding £80,000 then we have to let him go because this is far too much for a player who sits on the bench week in week out.
Back to Reading and a move to the club who are currently sit second from bottom in the premier league table is hanging in the balance. Arshavin reportedly wants to stay in England, but Reading are the only club showing an interest in him. Reading are only willing to pay him £65,000 however he is demanding the same wage he earns currently at Arsenal.
Elsewhere, his old club Zenit St Petersburg are reportedly interested in bringing him back to make his third debut for the club, whilst its being reported today that his also has interest from Dutch side PSV, who are interested in a loan deal only.
In normal circumstances a loan deal could be a good option to get him off the wage bill however his contract runs out in the summer and I think it would be stupid to lose someone on a free transfer that we paid a record £14 million for just 4 years ago.
I would expect Russian side Zenit to speak to him about a pre-contract agreement which will see him go back to the team he once played his best football at, in a free transfer deal in the summer.