Andrey Arshavin has reportedly rejected the chance to join Russian side Dinamo Moscow on deadline day in east Europe, meaning he wishes to fight for his place in North London as he enters the final year of his contract.
The little Russian who joined the Gunners in 2009, had to hit the gym and whey protein to keep up with the physicality of the Premier League, is Arsenal’s second most expensive signing and rakes in a reported £80,000 a week.
The former Russian captain has not even featured on the team sheet in the past two matches and was expected to complete a move back to his former club Zenit St Petersburg, but it seems their priorities lie elsewhere.
It is believed Arsenal offered the 31-year-old to Dinamo on a one-year loan, only for the player to reject the move. However it seems bizarre that the Gunners would want to not sell Arshavin if he’s in final year of his contract.
Dinamo manager Dan Petrescu stated Arshavin’s point of view, saying:
I wanted to add this player to the team, but Andrey said no to Dinamo.
Arshavin’s role with the club this season will be nothing more than a bit-part player with Arsenal loaded with wide attacking options. But he will partake in the Cup matches and provide backup for the first team should injuries set in.
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Naturally you would think he would be sold as he leaves for free next summer, but as he earns extremely high wages he is likely to want to see out his final year at the Emirates and then return to Russia.
Zenit also confirmed their top transfer targets which did not include Arshavin, the club’s general director Maxim Mitrofanov revealed:
It’s true we are negotiating for Nani and Moutinho, but Hulk and Witsel were our top priorities.
Arshavin remaining at the Emirates is not necessarily a bad thing. His experience will be useful in Cup matches and if he is called upon in the League, and now he does not hamper the development of Oxlade-Chamberlain who is now preferred, unlike last season that saw Wenger choose experience over promise.
It would be best for the club to sell him as any extra funds will help pay off the stadium and take us one step closer to not selling our star players every summer. But it seems he’s happy collecting his hefty cheque every week and sitting on the bench/stands.
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