I know that the transfer window is closed and does not open again, officially, until the beginning of July. But there are still little bits of information going around, whether about what happened in January or what might happen in the future, so I thought that these three snippets are worth knowing about.
The need for Arsenal to sign a proper combative midfielder, which Gooners and football experts alike have been banging on about for ages, does not seem so desperate anymore. Not only has Aaron Ramsey rediscovered his confidence and hit a rich vein of form in the box-to-box role, but Mathieu Flamini has added real steel to the spine of the team. The Frenchman’s solidity also seems to have rubbed off on Mikel Arteta, so the Gunners are looking good.
The Russian international and club record signing Andrey Arshavin has come to the end of his Arsenal contract and is set to go back to Russia and play for his former club Zenit St. Petersburg again. At 32-years old, Arshavin may still have a few good years to offer Zenit, although if he plays like he did at Arsenal for the last few years, he may have trouble getting a game there as well.
It is a fact of life that things do not always work out the way they are supposed to. For Arsenal and their record signing Andrey Arshavin this has certainly been the case. The Russian will be at a loose end very soon, when his contract comes to an end, but there is no queue of clubs lining up to take him on a free transfer, which shows just how far he has fallen since joining the Gunners back at the beginning of 2009.
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The Enigma- Andrei Arshavin by Dan S
Andrei Arshavin’s four and half seasons at Arsenal can be summarised as the following, the first two and half he looked a good signing, then he lost his form, his confidence and then he lost his place in the team – and that was that! Without there ever really being an explanation.
There is no doubt that Andrei Arshavin was an extremely talented individual when he first arrived at Arsenal, but it would seem that Arsene Wenger no longer has any faith in the ex-captain of Russia.
Anzhi Makachkala and Zenit St Petersburg are both said to be keeping a keen eye on the Nicklas Bendtner situation, with a view to bringing him to Russia in a £10Mllion+ move.
The Dane’s agent is quoted as saying: “We’ve had contact several times with Russian teams.