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Arsenal finalise a smash-and-grab transfer deal right before the deadline: We never saw this coming!

Never count out Arsene Wenger when it matters. That appears to be true once again, as the French manager turned an almost certainly hopeless transfer deal into a last-minute swoop!

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident a deal to sign Andrei Arshavin will go through, but the Premier League is not expected to ratify the switch until Tuesday.

The Zenit St Petersburg playmaker passed a medical and agreed personal terms with the Gunners on transfer deadline day, and looked set to secure the move before the 5pm deadline.

However, reports emanating from Russia suggested talks between Arshavin and Zenit over a final payment threatened to collapse the proposed switch.

Wenger, though, told Sky Sports News that he expected “positive” news to be announced later on Monday. (Sky Sports)

The Premier League have yet to make a final ruling on the deal between Arsenal and Zenit, but for now the deal looks to be all but completed. The negative news coming out of Russia appears to be Zenit’s way of quashing the news of their discounted price for Arshavin. In the end the Zenit club need the funds, and Arsenal was willing to give them a legitimate price for the striker.

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