Russian playmaker not exactly an Emirates Stadium fan favourite these days.
Although the transfer window in England shut last night for player acquisitions, Arsenal playmaker Andre Arshavin could still leave the club this month for Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.
In Russia, deals can continue to be made until February 24th, and the Daily Telegraph claim that Arsenal will likely settle for a fee of around the £7m mark.
Arshavin was a tremendously exciting player when he arrived at the Emirates Stadium club in January 2009, scoring or providing an assist in every game on average.
However, almost exactly three years later, he is not eulogised in quite such gushing terms by the fans.
Such tensions came to light in rather uncomfortable fashion when Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was substituted after a dazzling display.
When the supporters saw that Arshavin would come on as the teenager’s replacement, they booed the manager – and even captain Robin van Persie was visibly distressed at the decision.
It may be that incident that has seen Arsene Wenger take stock of the perceived poor work ethic and lack of defensive cover by Arshavin, and cut his losses.
The move to Anzhi Makhachkala could also work out well for the player.
Arshavin can return to his native Russia, and join a competitive club with some real star names.
Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o and Brazil legend Roberto Carlos currently ply their trade at Anzhi, and Arshavin could expect to be rewarded in similar lucrative fashion.