A Russian return on the cards for Emirates Stadium midfielder?
Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala are reportedly interested in signing Arsenal winger Andrei Arshavin as owner Suleyman Kerimov looks to continue his big spending policy.
Having signed Samuel Eto’o, Roberto Carlos and Yuri Zhirkov, and a string of other new additions, the Dagestan based side will hope to lure the off form 30 year old back to the Russian Premier League.
For the best part of 18 months Arshavin has cut a forlorn figure at Arsenal, slipping from one average display to the next and it seems certain that if Arsene Wenger had not had such injury concerns and hadn’t lost Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas, then the former Zenit St Petersburg man would almost certainly not be a regular member of his starting eleven.
When he first arrived at the North London club Arshavin was a breath of fresh air, scoring regularly and becoming a focal part of the club’s attacking plans but his performances both this season and last have led many to believe the flair player is in some way troubled and disinterested with life in the capital and has therefore been strongly linked with interest from his native Russia as well as from Serie A side Juventus.
It would be seen as something of a coup if Anzhi could persuade the Russian national team captain to give up his Premier League career for a move to club who was only founded twenty years ago and who are still seen as some way from forming a genuine domestic title threat.
Makhachkala will reportedly lodge a bid in the region of £15m in January when the league will be in it’s crucial second phase as the Russian football association switches to the European autumn/spring system. Kerimov is determined to see his side clinch a European spot this term and hopes to bring in Arshavin to help achieve that goal.