Too good to be true? Emirates Stadium star wanted.
Bundesliga side Schalke are the latest club to be linked with a move for Arsenal attacker Andrei Arshavin just days after Fiorentina declared their interest.
There has been plenty of speculation about the future of the Russia international in recent weeks with many reports suggesting he could make the move back to his homeland to play for big spending Anzhi Makhachkala.
Arshavin has admitted that he has struggled to find his best form for Arsenal and this season has once been on the periphery as Gervinho has often been preferred to the 30-year-old.
The former Zenit St. Petersburg player arrived with a big reputation and a hefty transfer fee, for Arsenal’s standards, of £15million but has never managed to convince the Emirates faithful of his desire to play for the club.
Arshavin may have scored just one league goal this season but it seems that Schalke are still keen to sign the attacking midfielder and are even prepared to offer forward Jefferson Farfan as part of the deal.
On the face of it this seems like a deal that Arsene Wenger would surely be very interested in. Andrei Arshavin has been dropped of late due to his up and down form, form that has become so mixed that even the Russian international has commented and apologised to supporters about it.
Peruvian international Jefferson Farfan has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium and was reportedly close to making the move when he was at PSV. The 27 year old adaptable attacker, who can play on the wing and up front, has done well since his move to the Bundesliga but may well be tempted by a move to the Premier League.
Arshavin himself may be more keen on a return to Russia and to big spenders Anzhi over a move to Schalke.
This season the 30 year old former Zenit man has managed just five Premier League starts and has seen his spot out wide taken by Gervinho who drops into the wide role when supporting Robin Van Persie up front.
Schalke are reportedly ready to offer £10m and Farfan for Arshavin and that may well be a deal that Gunners bos Wenger thinks long and hard about in January.