Arsenal Star Denies Exit Rumours

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Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin has denied rumours he is set to join Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala this summer.

The 30-year-old has been linked with a move following a poor season last year but says he is fully committed to the Gunners’ cause.

The Russia international was linked with a move back to his native land with free-spending Makhachkala, based in the capital of the Caucasus republic of Dagestan.

It is one of Russia’s most dangerous and unstable regions, with the players having to live and train in the Moscow region and fly to Makhachlaka for home matches.

They already have Roberto Carlos and Yuri Zhirkov in their squad and wanted Arshavin to help improve their team further.

The winger fell out of favour with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at times towards the end of the season and lost his place in the starting XI.

Potential employers were alerted when Wenger said he wanted to overhaul his squad following the club’s failure to win a trophy for the sixth successive season.

Arshavin has also been previously linked with a return to his former club, Zenit St Petersburg, and with clubs in Turkey and Spain.

Arshavin joined the Gunners in January 2009 and has scored 28 goals in over 100 appearances for the club.

Arshavin has been training in Moscow ahead of Russia’s friendly clash with Serbia and dismissed speculation linking him to the club as pure fantasy.

“I’ve already said, and can only repeat, that this season I will be at Arsenal,” Arshavin told Sport Express.

“I haven’t received any proposals from Makhachkala. I have not had any contact with the club or its representatives.”

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