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.