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Arsenal Pair Heading for £35m Barcelona Move: Could This Be True?

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Sports News - January 21, 2010

Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin has sensationally claimed that he will be joining Barcelona in the summer and that left back Gael Clichy will also join him at the Nou Camp.

Last week Arshavin said “Even playing just one season for Barcelona would make a pinnacle of my whole career.”

In the following days the Russian was rebuked by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger but The People have carried further quotes where the attacking midfielder says he will be playing at Barcelona next season.

Arshavin told The People: “I am going to Barcelona in the summer. I have always dreamed about going to Spain and playing for the best team in the world. They were unsure about me when I was playing in Russia but I have shown them that I’m the real deal and I know they are ready to talk to me.”

The Arsenal forward added: “I want to play for the top team and be trying to win every competition, I don’t think you can rate one better than the other, it is all about winning. I want to play for them and that is never going to change.”

The former Zenit St Petersburg playmaker added that Arsenal full back Gael Clichy is also eager to move to Barcelona. Arshavin: “I know Gael Clichy would love to play out there as well, and he would work well in their team. It would be tough trying to compete with Xavi and Iniesta but that is the competition I want, I don’t want to walk into a team.”

Andrey Arshavin has made 36 appearances for Arsenal this season, scoring 11 goals and providing three assists. (IMScouting)

Could this be true? Has Andrei just said this as a joke on his insane website? Barcelona could well be trying to build up to another ‘tapping-up’ attempt or perhaps the Russian international is really looking to push for a move to the Nou Camp?

Clearly having gone five seasons without silverware there is always going to be a fear that our best players will start to consider their options. Given how long it took us to get Arshavin it would be a shame if he was really pushing to leave the club after just a year and a half.

Andrei is a classy player who has become a crucial part of our plans and if he leaves he will be very hard to replace so hopefully its a story that The People has literally just made up. Does anyone have any more information on this story?

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