Arsenal Ready To Hand Arshavin A Free Transfer

By on September 5, 2012

Andrey-Arshavin

Arsenal are prepared to offload Andrei Arshavin on a free transfer as they look to get him off the books before the Russian transfer window closes on Thursday, according to the Telegraph.

The Gunners are desperate to get rid of the 31-year-old with Dynamo Moscow showing the strongest interest in player, but they have yet to make an official move.

Arshavin enjoyed a successful loan spell with former side Zenit St Petersburg during the second half of last season, but the Russian champions are not likely to sign him for a third time after the recent signings of  Hulk and Axel Witsel. Mega-rich Anzhi Makhachkala are also not interested in signing the former Russian captain.

The diminutive attacker’s form has dipped drastically in recent seasons and he is no longer in manager Arsene Wengers plans.

The Gunners had hoped to recoup a fee of around £5m this summer for a player they paid more than £13m for in 2009. However, the club are now prepared to let him go on a free transfer to get his wages off the books.

Arshavin is in the final year of his contract and Arsenal are not interested in extending his stay any further. A return to Russia looks likely and agents are trying to drum up interest in the player with CSKA Moscow also believed to be considering a move but Dynamo Moscow are considered favourites.

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2 Comments

  1. marve

    September 5, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Morning Goooners I’m really surprised by the Arshavin story yet we have the likes of Sebastien french defend who only played one game and he is also on high wages and Chamakh aswell I personally think it will be fair to give those three players free transfer and take the likes of Eisfield and other players into consideration for the sake of our club’s future

  2. gunyun

    September 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    Definitely need to get him out the squad, he just has a really bad attitude that arsenal don’t need and isn’t interested in being with the club anymore. If a team gets him that he’s willing to put in an effort for then he’ll be a steal cause it’s obvious he still has a lot of talent left in him from his performance in the euros.

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