Russian side want Andrey back, but they can’t have him!
Zenit St Petersburg have announced their intentions to lure former star Andrey Arshavin away from Arsenal and back to Russia after a huge financial injection from billionaire gas giants, Gazprom.
Global fuel providers, Gazprom, have decided to substantially increase their investment in the 2008 UEFA Cup winners in an attempt to create a European super-force to compete with the like of Manchester United, Barcelona, and Real Madrid.
“Transfers from Gazprom will not only continue, but will probably even increase. Our challenge is to become one of the best clubs in Europe and we will fulfil it,” Gazprom chief executive Alexei Miller told The Daily Mail.
The ambitious plans to produce long-term success for Zenit began recently with the initialisation on construction work for a new 62,000-seat stadium bearing the gas company’s name.
And Zenit president Alexander Dyukov aims to bring immediate success on the pitch, claiming he is in red hot pursuit for the diminuitive Arsenal man.
“Even today we are ready to open negotiations with Arsenal,” said the Zenit boss.
Arshavin, 28, left Zenit for the Emirates last February in a deal worth £15million, and has since established himself as one of the finest exponents of the beautiful game in the Premier League.
The mercurial Russian scored six goals in his 15 games for the Gunners last season as well as contributing seven assists, although he has since stated that he would like to return to Russia at some point in his career.
With the backing of these energy billionaires, Zenit will hope that they can fulfill Arshavin’s desire, albeit much earlier than he had anticipated. (Extra Footie)
I am pretty damned sure that neither Arsene, nor more importantly, Andrey have any interest in such a deal and this is probably just a case of the Russian side trying to flex their financial muscles.
Arshavin has been a big hit at the club and I have been greatly pleased with his performances both at the tail end of last season and the beginning of this. He is an adaptable attacking weapon who has already shown he is capable of becoming an integral part of the team and more than able to be a big star in the Premier League.
His wife may have moaned constantly about life in the UK but our little dynamo seems happy enough and always has a smile on his child like face when he is wearing our colours. So, message to Zenit, you may well want him back but you are wasting your time trying to lure him from the Emirates!