Can Arsenal resist such a high offer for a veteran player?
Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin is thought to be the target of a £17million transfer bid from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
The Russia captain has disappointed at Arsenal for the majority of his stay at the Emirates Stadium since completing a £15million switch from Zenit St Petersburg in January 2009.
Having struggled to keep his place in the first team last season there was talk the 30-year-old could return to his former club in the summer only for that transfer to fall apart following the exits of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.
A less than spectacular start to this season has resulted in a number of reports claiming that Arshavin wants to leave the Gunners, with mega-rich side Anzhi reportedly keen to take him on.
The Russian Premier League side have made a number of high profile signings already this year, including Samuel Eto’o, Roberto Carlos and Yuri Zhirkov, and Arshavin could be next on the radar.
A offer of £17million could tempt manager Arsene Wenger to part with Arshavin given his age and his recent performances for the club.
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It is fair to say that Andrei Arshavin polarises opinions of Arsenal fans.
Some view his conservative work rate and seemingly fleeting interest in matches as a personal insult.
Others look at the chances he has created and goals scored, and see him as a player capable of unlocking defences in key games when others are unable to find a breakthrough.
In truth, Arshavin ought to be judged somewhere in between those two, but with Arsenal looking to incorporate the Barcelona approach of high pressure pressing all over the pitch, the time of the so-called luxury player (see Berbatov, Dimitar for more) is perhaps over.
What’s more, £17m is a fantastic price for a 30 year-old, and Arsene Wenger may find himself unable to turn down such a price in January.