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Fulham are understood to be considering a move to team Andriy Arshavin up with Pavel Pogrebnyak again next season.
The Arsenal forward is on loan at Zenit St Petersburg, the club where he grew up and made a name for himself as a foil for Russian teammate Pogrebnyak.
The 30-year-old forward is unsure whether he will return to the Gunners next season, and will instead delay discussions on his future until after Euro 2012 as he prepares to captain his country at the finals.
It seems fair to state that Andrei Arshavin’s Arsenal career has never hit the heights and that the form shown by the Russian international certainly hasn’t justified the record transfer fee spent to bring the Zenit man to the club back in January 2009 and a move away from the Emirates Stadium may well be on the cards.
A move to Fulham could interest the winger, who enjoyed a loan spell at Zenit which yielded some of the wide-man’s best performances of late, three goals and a Russian Premier League title triumph.
Martin Jol will have to persuade his West London side to fork out a decent sum to tempt Arsene Wenger into a permanent sale, especially having paid £15m for Arshavin three and a half years ago.
One would imagine that Fulham would have the spending power to also meet the player’s wage demands and the chance to be a ‘big fish’ in a ‘small pond’ could well interest the attacker if he feels that staying in the Premier League is preferable to all other options.
Arshavin has notched up 30 goals and 35 assists in 132 Gunners appearances and a return to the Emirates Stadium may prove more problematic given the emergence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Japanese youngster Ryo Miyaichi.