Santos and Arshavin heading for Arsenal exit?

If Arsene Wenger has the reported transfer funds of around £70 million this summer, then Arsenal should soon have a new record signing. The current one, Andrey Arshavin, has never lived up to his price tag, and could be heading out of the club this summer after attracting interest from Azerbaijan and Australia, according to Russian reports.

Azerbaijan is situated to the south of Arshavin’s native Russia, and there is money at some of their teams. Khazar Lankaran is one of them, with John Toshack recently installed as the manager, and a spokesman for the club has suggested that Arshavin could be one of their summer targets.

Yalchin Aliyev declared, “At the moment there are only four teams in Azerbaijan who could afford to pay for such a player as Andrey.

“Apart from Khazar, it’s Quabala, Neftci and Baki.

“We have a new coach, the popular John Toshack. At the moment he has to check the squad and decide in which positions he should strengthen the team.”

The only problem is getting the little Russian to agree to leave Arsenal, which he doesn’t seem in a hurry to do. He has lost his place in the Russian national side, and must know that he needs to play regularly to have any chance of getting it back, but he doesn’t seem too bothered, even though they are on course to top their group and qualify for the Rio World cup next season.

One player who probably will be in Rio is the Arsenal left back Andre Santos, although he will just be hanging around trying to get somebody’s shirt. The Brazilian seems to be happy at his loan club, Gremio, after previously stating hi9s intention to return to the Emirates and fight for his place.

“I’ll do my best to win titles,” Santos said. “I have won titles at every club I have played for.

“The staff, board and the players have all made me feel very welcome. There is no doubt that I want to stay.”

With a bit of luck, Arsenal will offload these two in the summer. Any money we receive will be a bonus but it will probably not be much. They will go down as two of the worst signings in recent years for Wenger, but it happens. Let’s just hope that the players who come into the club this summer are a lot better.

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52 thoughts on “Santos and Arshavin heading for Arsenal exit?

  1. Rory

    Arshavin was always going to leave at the end of the year, his contract was expiring, hes not going to exactly just stick around….

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  2. ks-gunner

    reported transfer funds of around £70m are going to turn to 40m then 16m…and before the transfer deadline ends….some how the board and manager will decide that we are good enough without any transfers att all….

    not sure about arsha isnt he out of contract end of season…
    about santos we should have sold him the moment fener offered us 4 mil i think for him ……

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  3. 03/04

    I still think Arshavin would’ve been great for us again if we played him this season.

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  4. Tom

    Apparently we’ve signed Jovetic. According to his agent he’ll join in the sunmer

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  5. PatLloyd

    @Tom

    His agent has said nothing of the sort, thats utter bolloc*s. But sticking to the subject i have no complaints with the departure of Santos or Arshavin and apparently Djourou is in talks with Hannover over a permanent move – which again i dont mind. More than anything it will free up the wage structure so we can attract bigger players by offering 100-150k salaries

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  6. Carl

    In summer Arshavin, Squillaci and Fabianski will leave, because theirs contracts expires. Also Djourou, Denilson and Santos want to stay in clubs, where they are on loans.
    Good, but we must also sell Chamakh, Bendtner, Park and Vito.
    Diaby and Gervinho ? 1.Injury prone 2. No brain – Sell them !

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  7. Mo Owais

    I was well excited when Arshavin came! Then he score 4 at Anfield!

    What a dissapointment :-(

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  8. Tom

    @PatLloyd

    Just saw something online so I said it, but I doubt it’s true!

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  9. Naete

    Diaby out for 8-9 month without kicking a ball.When would wenger sell this glass player…

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  10. Mo Owais

    Diaby ruled out for eight to nine months!!

    The Club can confirm that Abou Diaby injured his left knee in training on Wednesday and subsequent scans have confirmed that he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

    Following consultations with specialists, Abou will undergo surgery to repair the injury in the near future. Abou is expected to be out for around eight to nine months.

    The thoughts and best wishes from everyone at Arsenal are with Abou, and we all wish him a successful recovery.

    This is the statement from Arsenals official website!!

    NOW WE GOTA PAY HIM HIS SICK PAY FOR 9 MONTHS!! ABSOLUTE JOKE!!

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  11. james

    Poor Diaby, I think its time for him to hang up his boots or try his luck at another club

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  12. ArsenelWenger

    Strong sources are saying we are after a goalkeeper and it will be one of Fernando Muslera from Galatasaray or Pepe Reina from Liverpool. As for a striker there’s serious link to CSKA Moscow’s Seydou Doumbia. Thats all i know and i believe they would be great signings!

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  13. John

    I think diaby is a exceptional talent everything in his locker to become a yaya toure or the new viera.

    Its just how long do you wait for him tho? Answer- not 8-9 months!

    Sincerely sorry abou :(

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  14. Rick Rocket

    I can’t believe we are even considering selling Santos!

    Now who’s going to lead the cops on a 130mph wild goose chase around the M25?

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  15. kay123

    Abou Diaby is out for 9 months…..As much as i hate to say it, its good and bad news,,,more chance wenger will buy a new CDM…Hope he has a quick recovery

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  16. kay123

    ‘According to respected Fifa agent, Di Domenico, the Gunners have already agreed terms to bring the 23-year-old to north London, after he snubbed interest from Juventus.

    ‘Jovetic was among the possible options for Juventus, but my information is that the boy has already given the go ahead to move to Arsenal,’ said Di Comenico.

    ‘He seems fascinated by their project.’………………GREAT NEWS:D

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  17. Emaster

    Just read this on the Arsenla fb page. At a certain point it goes from being funny to just sad…

    “Arsenal can confirm that Abou Diaby injured his left knee in training on Wednesday and subsequent scans have confirmed that he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

    Following consultations with specialists, Abou will undergo surgery to repair the injury in the near future, and Abou is expected to be out for around eight to nine months.”

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  18. true goon

    Apparently Gibbs is in bed sick,who was saying the other day that we shouldn’t have bought Monreal?.Monreal must be our first choice LB from now on,cos we need players who will be fit an healthy for the majority of the season like Santi.

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  19. Gunner

    AA is on a big contract which expires at the season’s end. That will give Arsenal some real room to sign someone else for sure!

    Santos would be best to leave since Left Back is covered now with Gibbs and Monreal fighting it out for that spot!

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  20. shern

    What’s wrong with Arshavin?
    It’s like suddenly he became a shadow to the player he was when he first joined the Gunners.
    I remember watching his first match where he scored from the tight angle near the goal post. Anyone else remember that?
    And that magical night at Anfield. FOUR.
    I used to get so excited watching this small Russian running circles and shooting bullets past defenders and GKs. And also that night against Barca. Boy oh boy.
    Plus his trademark finger over the lips goal celebration.
    Man, what happen????

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  21. gooner

    and here comes another one !
    diaby is injured and ruled out for 9 months… what a surprise !!! is this guy made of glass or what …

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  22. snakeoil

    Money would be best spent getting a new manager who will actually allow talent to excel instead of ruining their careers and sending players to the Arsenal dead wood pile over and over again.

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  23. Ahmed

    An Arsenal statement read: ‘The club can confirm that Abou Diaby injured his left knee in training on Wednesday and subsequent scans have confirmed that he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

    ‘Following consultations with specialists, Abou will undergo surgery to repair the injury in the near future. Abou is expected to be out for around eight to nine months.

    ‘The thoughts and best wishes from everyone at Arsenal are with Abou, and we all wish him a successful recovery.’

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  24. snakeoil

    @shem

    The problem with Arshavin is the same problem that many other gunners have had at Arsenal = Wenger.

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  25. gunner forever

    Santos won trophies with all clubs he ever played for… except Arsenal of course! Here it’s not possible LOL!

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  26. leo

    diaby out for 8-9 months (arsenal.com) that’s it most sources say he won’t be an arsenal player next season feels sorry 4 him but it’s time to move on

    santos wants to stay at gremio good news arshavin’s contract is expiring park off to military services bendtner to dortmund or russian clubs,squid is off,mannone too what’s the news on denilson does anyone know

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  27. wealthycrown

    i feel wenger just played arshavin out of position and dat was where his downfall started from.

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  28. leo

    arshavin has personal life problems as well some russian media says he left his wife & kids for another woman not sure but most people belive that

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  29. snakeoil

    Have you ever heard of these world class players – Davisky, Polomentor, Ronelshun?

    You have never heard of them because these are some of the tens of thousands of “talented” footballers who never made it because of injuries very early in their careers.

    It no longer matters how “talented” Diaby is. His body won’t hold up and it is sadly time to let it go.

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  30. leo

    arshavin was played out of his pos but his fitness level got poor he became overwieght + his personal life problems affected him as well

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  31. snakeoil

    @leo: Arshavin’s personal problems do not explain all the other gunners that Wenger has destroyed.

    Personal problems are just the excuse. Wenger is the problem.

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  32. ripple

    I don’t know what happened to Arshavin. But I do know that Arsene Wenger has a talent for destroying players those players he does not like or who crosses him in some way.

    Why else would so many players start well as Gunners and decline rapidly or be sent off to rot under Wenger’s leadership?

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  33. sKeeza

    Diaby out for the best part of a year due to an accident in training, don’t worry though lads it’ll be like a new signing in January … AGAIN!

    Seriously if a DMF isn’t bought this summer then wenger needs sectioning!
    And arteta isn’t an option.

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  34. ripple

    Sadly, Wenger does not acquire players based on need.

    He acquires players based salary funds available and he also often likes to grab players that others have over-looked, thus stroking his ego and his belief that only he can recognize true talent.

    He may or may not get a DM, but it will only happen because of other players leaving and freeing up salary money, not because the rest of the free world has recognized Arsenal’s desperate need for a DM.

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  35. RSH

    @ripple, Wenger definitely does buy on necessity. In fact id say thats the only time he does buy. When we lost RVP he brought in not only a new striker, but also Poldi and Cazorla. How that worked out is still up for debate though. And when Gibbs went out for a month or so he bought Monreal, ( who was originally going to come during to summer). We have NO real DM now and Wenger will have no choice again but to go and buy one. This time Diaby wont even be around for the beginning of the season, and likely his injury will only worsen to the point he’s out an entire year again.

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  36. LDockers

    Diaby needs to be released or sold, he may even have to hang up his boots and retire as sad as it is to say seems hes only 26. The fact of the matter is we are a top club who has given an injury prone Diaby time a time again the chance to regain his fitness and keep a place in the team. He has great ability but hes made of glass and he just wont ever be able to play more than 10 games a season, and if you are paying a player 50k+ a week who you cant rely on they have to be moved on

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  37. khaesar

    santos,fabianski,mannone,djourou,squilacci,pcy,chamakh, rosicky,sagna,vermaelen,gervinho,arshavin will be exit. good bye ,good luck and thank you guys!

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  38. PauL

    Carzola was used on the wings in most of his previous clubs but when he got to AFC he’s playing a fantastic role and he’s helping the club a lot. Poldi plays on the wing for his country too though I will love wenger to try him on the CF role too. As for Arshavin, he destroyed his career all by himself. It wasn’t his position at AFC that ruined him but his personal problem. Can you remember how many goals he lost due to laziness? So stop blaming wenger for AA’s woes…

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  39. Sergio

    Cazorla is the club’s record signing at £16m, Arshavin cost £15m.

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  40. MAX POWER

    This is the usual bull before the summer transfer window opens.70M I have to ask who thinks that Mr Wenger and the board will spend this type of money.Mr Wenger would have a heart attack. What will happen is that he will buy one or two new players on the cheap then spin the usual line of it hard to buy quality players. No one else has this problem except Mr Wenger. The man will not change and the board will rub their hands at the thought of their big dividends. Plus a lot of Arsenal will buy into Mr Wengers bull again and again sad.

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  41. george

    3 points bob

    arshaven is gone this year no matter what his contract is up..as is the squids

    and he is no longer arsenals biggest sigining Carzola is last time i checked £16.5 was more than £15

    and a 3rd point santos has said this week he does not want to return to Arsenal.

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