Zenit St Petersburg have admitted they are interested in taking Gunners reject Andrey Arshavin back to Russia as it seems that the little Russians time at the Emirates is at an end.
Arsenal paid Zenit £12m for Arshavin nearly two years ago and has failed to replicate the blistering form he demonstrated when he first arrived in North London from Zenit. He has two years left on his contract, but his value would have dramatically decreased after loosing his regular starting place to summer signing Gervinho.
Arshavin, 30, has been struggling for form and was linked with a move away last summer, but nothing concrete eventuated. He has recently admitted he wants more regular game time which has fueled rumours that he is set to depart in January.
His former club were one of the clubs interested last summer, and Zenit technical director Igor Korneev told Russian newspaper Sovietsky Sports:
We are always interested in Andrey but at this moment I can’t confirm or reject that we are working on this matter.
It is hard to see Wenger allowing Arshavin to leave in January with the Gunners attacking lineup looking bare with Gervinho and Chamakh leaving for the African’s Nations cup in January, and other players such as Park, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Miyachi yet to get a proper chance at playing in the Premier League.
Unless Podolski is bought or Gotze it is unlikely that Arshavin will be allowed to depart this January, and the Russian winger will certainly get his chance to string some matches together this January.