Gunners misfit Andrey Arshavin is reportedly set to turn down a potential move to cash-rich Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, according to his agent.
The out of sorts winger has been linked with a move back to his homeland after failing to stake a claim in Wenger’s first XI, and with the Russian transfer window still open until February 24, a deal could still eventuate.
However the 30-year-old’s agent has claimed his client is not ready to leave North London yet and wants to recover from his blip in form ahead of Euro 2012.
Smith told Goal.com:
Andrey doesn’t think it is time to go back yet. He still feels he has a lot to do at Arsenal. He wants to win something, fulfil his ambitions and recover his form both for Arsenal and ahead of the European Championships.
The Russia window lasts until 24th February and a guy representing Anzhi has made a tentative approach. But Andrey is not going to talk to the Russians because he doesn’t want to leave and Arsenal don’t want him to go, either. A lot depends on the summer.
Surely the little Russian will leave in the summer, and with his contract set to expire in June 2013, the Gunners will not want to loose him for free. He has hardly played for Arsenal in recent times so it is surprising that he hasn’t been sold off especially with Gervinho set to return this month.
The quality performances from Oxlade-Chamberlain has put the nail into Arshavin’s coffin and we can really only expect to see him if injuries strike or as a late substitute. I think it is time to sell him, especially if Anzhi lodge a big money offer.