Stamford Bridge boss looks to bring in off colour Emirates attacker?
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Andrey Arshavin ‘set for Chelsea transfer’ as Arsenal go for youth
Andrey Arshavin could be on his way to Chelsea in the summer, as Arsenal close in on deals for young stars Eden Hazard and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
The Russian midfielder has endured a dip in form in recent months, amid speculation he is unhappy at The Emirates.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has publicly backed Arshavin but, according to the News of the World, plans to offload him at the end of the season.
Chelsea are said to be monitoring the situation and ready to make a bid for the 29-year-old as soon as they receive an indication Arsenal are prepared to sell.
Arshavin’s departure is unlikely to leave the Gunners short of creativity, as Wenger is apparently confident of bringing in two exciting young talents.
The most oft repeated sentence among Arsenal fans in recent months has to be “What the hell is wrong with Andrei Arshavin” and you only have to watch his body language and demeanour on the field for a minute or two to see that there is something not quite right with the Russian international and this has led to much speculation that the former Zenit man wants out.
However much of that speculation revolves around the 29 year old reportedly being homesick so a move across London to Stamford Bridge won’t exactly resolve that supposed issue so is there any chance that the talented playmaker could be on his way to Chelsea?
Well it does seem highly unlikely. One doesn’t get the impression that Arshavin’s place is under threat due to the many talented players both currently in the Emirates Stadium squad but also those who may be about to be brought in, because the only real threat to Andrei and his first team chances at the Gunners, is himself.
Quite frankly the performances put in by the usually forward thinking incisive attacker have been nothing short of turgid and it appears that his display away at Ipswich may have been the final straw as he has had to make do with cameo appearances from the bench in the past two Premier League matches and it seems very plausible that Wenger would have to consider what next for the usually dependable Arshavin.
When the baby faced Arshavin first arrived at Arsenal he was unstoppable as he took to life in the English top tier like the proverbial duck to water but the tail end of last season and the opening to the current campaign have seen him go from bad to worse.
He walks around the pitch like a zombie and makes countless mistakes. The fact that even during this spell he has managed to net seven goals is something of a miracle given that just about every time he touches the ball something poor occurs.
Chelsea may well want the player who cost the North London club £15m but it seems highly unlikely that such a deal would take place. It seems that for Arshavin there are two possible outcomes to his current personal crisis. One, he gets a wake up call from Wenger and he then gets his game in order. Or two, he is offloaded to the continent or most likely back to Russia. It seems however that an exit this month is looking more and more unlikely, not least because the Russian season is on a break at present.
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