Andrey Arshavin has been on loan at Zenit St Petersberg for the last six months, but after his performances at the Euros (and his post-tournament comments) looked like he had blown any chance of returning to his boyhood club, especially when Zenit’s owner Valery Golubev declared: “How can a citizen of Russia treat the honour of his country like that?
“He should be deported.”
But now it seems that the manager of the club, Luciano Spalletti, has completely contradicted the words of his boss, saying: “He is one of the players who can strengthen Zenit. When a team win the league by almost 15 points you need to look for players like that.”
When it looked like Zenit were not interested any more, Arshavin’s agent Dennis Lakhter gave us other options for his client, although Galatasary has since denied any interest. Lakhter said: “Arsene Wenger will transfer some new names for the forward line for the upcoming season,”
“Arshavin doesn’t want to stay in the team. Next year, he could continue his career in Turkey. I know that two clubs in Turkey are seriously interested in Arshavin.
“There also some offers from the MLS, but Arshavin does not want to go to America. He also rejected an offer from Anzhi.”
It will certainly be good news for Arsenal if Zenit do remain in contention, and hopefully other interest may drive the price up, but I think it is near certain that Arshavin will not be returning to the Emirates next season……