Director Claims Forward Snubbed Deadline Day Move

By on September 7, 2012

Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Andrei Arshavin blocked a move to Russia.

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Zenit St Petersburg claim Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin turned down the chance to return to the club, according to the Daily Mail.

Arshavin has fallen out-of-favour at Arsenal after struggling to find his form the Emirates and spent the second half of last season on loan at his first club, Zenit St Petersburg.

A permanent summer move away from north London seemed a certainty and Zenit, Dynamo Moscow and CSKA Moscow were all keen on taking him back to his homeland.

The 31-year-old is in the final year of his contract and Arsene Wenger was so desperate to get him off the books, he was prepared to let him go on a free transfer this summer.

Zenit were close to landing the player on Thursday’s Russian transfer deadline day after agreeing terms with the Gunners. However, it seems the move collapsed after Arshavin pulled the plug, much to the bemusement of the Russian champions general director Maxim Mitrofanov:

‘We’d been talking about (a free transfer) with Arsenal for a long time. It was one of two absolute conditions for us,’

‘Only Arshavin himself knows the second condition.’

Mitrofanov is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail

Dynamo Moscow manager Dan Petrescu also revealed Arshavin had turned down a move to the Russian capital. Saying:

‘I wanted him, but he said no.’

Petrescu is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail

It appears Arshavin has decided to stay with Arsenal and fight for his place in the team to either win himself a new contract at the Gunners, or become a free agent at the end of the season.

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3 Comments

  1. elboy

    September 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    on his day he can be deadly but its weather he can do this consistantly and he has been playing out of position maybe he needs a chance in the middle n he aint played there for a while so may be a little rusty

  2. chris from Cambridge

    September 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    He and his family want to stay in England, probably London.Plus he knows he is past his best. Thus he has decided to stay, earn the money and if necessary leave on a free. Th only place he can play is advanced libero with no other responsibility. He used to be good there but it has never featured in the Arsene game plan.

  3. bola

    September 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Wenga is arshavin’s problem n you tend 2 wonder if it was d same person u saw @ euro..he is being used out of position,its hightime he played in his natural wing!

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