No ‘Do svidaniya’ for Arshavin
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out the possibility of Andrey Arshavin exiting the club this month.
The 30-year-old has been heavily linked with a move back to Russia with former club Zenit St Petersburg or Anzhi Makhachkala and with the Russian transfer window open until 24th February, there is still ample time for the disillusioned midfielder to take leave of the north London club.
Arshavin has played 26 times for the Gunners this season, scoring two goals in the process, but he has been the subject of some stinging criticism from some supporters none more so than in the recent 2-1 reverse to Manchester Utd. The Russian international was roundly booed when replacing Oxlade-Chamberlain and did little to endear himself to the Arsenal faithful by failing to halt Valencia’s marauding run into the box, with Welbeck slamming home the winner nine minutes from time.
Both Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott have emerged as Wenger’s first-choice wingers in recent weeks, but the Gunners boss insists Arshavin will be staying at the Emirates.
Wenger said: “I expect him to be here after 24th February and that is clear.”
Arshavin’s agent also expects his client to see out the remainder of his contract and insists there has been no offer on the table for the Arsenal midfielder.
“Officially there wasn’t an approach and Arshavin doesn’t have an offer either,” Smith told Sovetsky Sport.
“The club have said they want to keep Arshavin and the player has said he wanted to stay.
“So I think it’s not a topic. It’s true the Russian transfer window is still open, but it’s closed in Europe.
“It’s not usual for club to sell their players at this time.”
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