Russian side want to bring in Emirates Stadium attacker.
Zenit launch loan bid for out of favour Arsenal midfielder Arshavin
Zenit St Petersburg have made a bid to sign Andrey Arshavin on loan for the rest of the season.
The Russian champions want their former star to step in for Portugal playmaker Danny Miguel, who has been ruled out for at least six months after suffering a cruciate knee ligament earlier this month.
Zenit general director Maxim Mitrofanov confirmed to Sport-Express: ‘The offer has been made. What happens next depends on Arsenal’s decision. If they give the OK, then we will enter negotiations with Andrey.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail
Given Andrei Arshavin’s poor form over the past 18 months and the fact that in the last two crucial cup matches, at AC Milan and Sunderland, the Russian winger was an unused sub, Arsene Wenger may well feel that a loan move to Zenit would make a great deal of sense.
A temporary move could well lead to a permanent move back to the St Petersburg side where Arshavin is still considered a cult hero following his nine seasons in the first team. Arshavin notched up over 300 appearances during that stint and may see a move back to his former club as a good way to get his stagnating career back on track, especially with the Euro 2012 finals around the corner.
The emergence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the return of Gervinho from the African Nations Cup mean that Wenger has the strength in depth on the wings to allow such a move to take place.
Arshavin has started just eight out of 25 Premier League matches this term, his last coming in Arsenal’s away defeat at Swansea City a month ago.