Andrei Arshavin’s former club willing to pay big fee to take Russian back from Emirates outfit.
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ARSENE WENGER is facing a fight to keep hold of Champions League hero Andrey Arshavin, with former club Zenit St Petersburg ready to spend big money on re-signing him.
Arshavin turns 30 in May, so Arsenal are not willing to offer him a major contract extension, with his current deal running until 2013.
The playmaker is unhappy at not being a regular starter at the Emirates and sources close to Zenit claim they are desperate to bring back Russia’s top talent.
Zenit have been spending serious sums of money since Arshavin left the club two years ago and walked the Russian League last year under highly-paid Italian coach Luciano Spalletti.
They flexed their muscles last summer by splashing out a Russian record £20million to beat Manchester City to the signing of Portuguese defender Bruno Alves.
Arsenal paid Zenit a club record £15m for Arshavin in 2009 but Zenit could pay even more to bring him back as they are determined to have a serious crack at the Champions League next term.
Boss Wenger admits Arshavin has not been at his best this season and concedes that he can never keep every player happy.
SOURCE: The People
Given Arsene Wenger’s policy on age and his ongoing desire to plan for the future, would a reported offer of £20m for a player who is off form and nearing 30 years of age, be too good to turn down? There is no doubting that the Arshavin of this season is a million miles from the one who first arrived at the Emirates in 2009 and the signs are growing that the Gunners boss may opt to sell should a significant offer be forthcoming.
Andrei Arshavin has looked a shell of his usual self during this season. Lethargic, disinterested, devoid of ideas and just plain tired are words that could be used to describe the manner displayed by the usually effervescent Russian international.
Even when he scored the winner against Barcelona he almost allowed the Catalan side to level because his mind was not on the game late on and with several other players vying for his place perhaps this summer would be the right time to sell?
Wenger has the likes of Samir Nasri, Theo Walcott, Tomas Rosicky, Cesc Fabregas in his armoury when it comes to attack minded midfielders and he has the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and Henri Lansbury coming through the academy.
Do Arsenal supporters think that a sale this summer of Arshavin back to Zenit St Petersburg would make sense?