Arsene Wenger rates this attacking midfielder very highly, and this fantastic Russian is very keen to join so will the Gunners boss put in an increased bid?
Russia’s Euro 2008 star Andrei Arshavin is pinning all his hopes on a move to Arsenal.
But the 27-year-old faces being priced out of his Premier League dream by Zenit St Petersburg.
The UEFA Cup winners claim they have knocked back a £19million bid by an unnamed English club for their schemer.
That appears to be a marketing tactic, aimed at getting Arsenal to make a concrete offer.
But Arshavin’s agent Dennis Lachter admitted his client’s worries last night as he said: “Andrei is desperate to join Arsenal. His style of play would suit them perfectly. (Daily Mirror)
Many believe that Arshavin may be valued far higher than he should be and some believe that a couple of great performances at the Euro are not sufficient to warrant the reported £24m fee that Zenit have demanded. Arsene Wenger rarely wastes money in the transfer market and when he does spend large chunks of money more often than not he makes wise decisions (Jeffers being an anomaly). Anyone who has seen the Russian in action with the UEFA Cup holders in recent seasons can see that he oozes class and his showing this summer with his national side was simply the icing on the cake. Given the wild sums of money being bandied about, including the £22m or so that Adebayor is set to leave the Emirates for, then quite frankly Arshavin is worth every penny. Do Arsenal fans think that Wenger should indeed put in a higher bid to secure the player who is so keen to join?