According to this report, Arsene Wenger heads the queue for possibly one of the most sought-after players on the planet right now!
Courtesy of inspiring Russia into the semi-finals of Euro 2008, Andrei Arshavin has become one of the most in-demand players in Europe and the good news for his growing number of suitors is that he has asked for a move out of Zenit St Petersburg.
“Andrei has told us that he wishes to change clubs. At present in the way of offers it is quiet. But the situation may well change soon,” confirmed Zenit boss boss Dick Advocaat.
Arshavin has a £10m get-out clause in his contract and The Sunday Times notes that ‘The 27-year-old has drawn interest from clubs in Italy, Spain, France, Germany and England, including Newcastle, Manchester City and Everton.’
The People, however, reckon it is Arsenal who ‘are in pole position to net the Russian playmaker’, while AC Milan and Chelsea are also in the queue, though Milan are outsiders to land him because they cannot offer Champions League football next season.’ (football365.com)
Last night’s performance by the diminutive Russian was mind-blowing. Such was Andre Ooijer’s frustration at attempting to shackle Arshavin that, by the end of the match, the Blackburn Rovers man simply resorted to common assault to keep his man away from goal. The player’s stock has risen immeasurably but if, as this report claims, he is subject to a get-out clause, then Wenger may be in luck. Andrei seems to fit in with the club’s ethos and, should they land the tricky attacker, then it could well be the signing that puts them back in the shout for the title. How highly do Gunners fans rate Arshavin?