NO NEW SIGNING

The Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has denied the possibility of any new signings at the Emirates Stadium in the remaining days of the mid season transfer window.

The transfer window is going to be closed in about a week’s time and due to the fact that quite a few of the Arsenal players have suffered injuries in the recent past, there were speculations that a new face might arrive at the club in near future, but, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

In the ongoing season, Arsenal has the chance to win a couple of prestigious tournaments including the Premier League, but, for that, they need to have good players available as backups. So, there is no doubt that a signing is the demand of the hour for them, but, it’s not easy to finalize a deal in 7 or 8 days. A manager as experienced as Arsene Wenger would certainly not want to make a wrong decision in a hurry.

The one player who was reported to be on Wenger’s radar last week was Julian Draxler, but, after the statements that the Gunners boss made in his yesterday’s interview, it doesn’t seem that the German midfielder would be making his way to England.

When asked about new signings, Wenger said, “It’s not likely to happen. Just about a week left now and honestly speaking, we don’t have any deal which is close to get finalized.”

“Our squad is still pretty good I reckon and the great news for us is that some of our guys are coming back from injuries.”

“A new signing doesn’t necessarily make the squad strong.”

Arsenal’s next match is a comparatively easier one against Coventry City, but, that’s an important match for them. They would be playing that match in front of their home crowd.

ARSHAVIN BACKS ARSENAL

Andrei Arshavin has said that his former club Arsenal might end up lifting the Premier League trophy in the ongoing season.

The Gunners have surprised a lot of people with their performance this season. They did start on a poor note as they suffered a defeat against Aston Villa in their first match, but, after that, they have raised their game and currently, they are leading the league points table.

Arshavin who is a part of the Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg at the moment featured for the Gunners for 4 years from 2009 to 2013. During that period, he played more than 100 Premier League matches for them.

Arshavin’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expired at the end of the last season and after that, he decided to sign for Zenit.

Talking to the reporters yesterday, Arshavin admitted that he has also been surprised by the way Arsenal has performed this season.

The Russian player said, “Arsenal’s performance so far has been a bit of a surprise for most people including me. In the last couple of seasons, they hadn’t performed that well, but, this time around; they are playing some quality football. I think they can go all the way.”

“Liverpool is another team which has been in fantastic form. So, the competition is pretty tough in the Premier League.”

According to Arshavin, Arsenal’s decision to sign the German international Mesut Ozil was a brilliant one and that has changed the fortunes of the team.

Talking about Ozil, the 32 years old winger said, “Ozil’s arrival has made the Arsenal squad more stable. He has certainly been a great signing.”

Ozil has so far featured for the Gunners in 17 matches this season and has found the back of the net 4 times.

SPALLETTI HAILS TEAM

The manager of Zenit St Petersburg, Luciano Spalletti, has hailed his team for stopping Austria Vienna to a draw in yesterday’s Champions League game.

Zenit was playing with only 10 players in the latter half of the game, but, they didn’t let the opposition take advantage of that. They showed character and ended up securing a point from the game.

However despite this draw, Zenit is still at the last position in the Group G points table. Although, they are levelled with Austria Vienna in terms of points but, they are slightly behind on the basis of goal difference.

Talking to the reporters after the game against Austria, Spalletti said, “I think our performance was good. We were clearly the dominating team in the first 45 minutes.”

“When we got reduced to ten men, things became a bit difficult for us. But, we didn’t let the game drift way.”

The Zenit manager was not looking happy with the referee’s decision of showing red card to Axel Witsel in the 44th minute of the game.

When asked about that incident, Spalletti said, “These sorts of decisions ruin a match.”
“It’s not easy for us now to reach the next round. However, we can still do it if we improve our game.”

Zenit badly needed a win in the game against Austria and they had started well too. In the first half, they were making good moves and they were not looking too far away from taking the lead, but, when Witsel was sent off, they had to get a bit defensive and they couldn’t push enough for the win.

In its next game, Zenit will be facing Porto. That game will be played on 22nd of October at Estadio do Dragao, Porto.

ARSHAVIN HOPES FOR BETTER FUTURE

Andrei Arshavin has said that he had almost suffered depression at Arsenal in the last season.
Arshavin has recently left Arsenal to return to his boyhood club Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Arshavin wasn’t given that many playing opportunities by Arsene Wenger in the last season and he was upset with that. According to the Russian veteran, sitting on the bench continuously affected his mentality adversely.

When asked about the last season, Arshavin said, “It was a horrible season for me. To sit on the sidelines in every game was quite frustrating. I was close to suffering depression.”

“It’s very hard to train when you know that you are not going to go on the pitch. My life had become monotonous at Arsenal.”

“I wanted to get out of that place and I am happy that I managed to do it. It’s wonderful to be back in Russia.”

When asked if he wants to make a comeback to the Russian national team, Arshavin said, “Off course, I want to do that. Every player in the world wants to play for his country and I am no different. However, I have no idea if being a part of Zenit will help me in making a national team comeback or not.”

This is Arshavin’s second tenure at Zenit Saint Petersburg. His first tenure was 9 years long during which he had played 236 matches for Zenit and had found the back of the net 52 times.

In 2009, Zenit sold Arshavin to Arsenal. The Russian striker had a very impressive debut season at Emirates stadium, but, after that, his performance kept going downhill and Arsene Wenger lost confidence in him.

In the last 4 seasons, Arshavin featured for the Gunners in 105 games and netted 23 times.

A GOOD BUY?

Andrei Arshavin was considered as a very good buy when Arsene Wenger had bought him from Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2009. Arshavin started his Arsenal career in a blistering way. In his debut season for the Gunners, he was in his peak form.

Arshavin put up some really impressive performances in the second half of the 2009-10 Season. He caught the eye of everyone by finding the net 4 times in a match against Liverpool. However, his efforts didn’t secure Arsenal’s victory. That match ended in the form of a draw.

However, after that first season, Arshavin’s performance has deteriorated gradually. In the ongoing season, he hasn’t started even one Premier League match for the Gunners.

Arshavin’s contract with the Gunners will finish at the end of the season and Arsenal is not expected to extend the contract of the Russian striker. So, Arshavin will be leaving Arsenal this summer.

There have been reports that an Azerbaijan Premier League team Khazar Lankaran is interested in Arshavin. A few days ago, the president of Lankaran had hailed Arshavin and had said that he would love to bring the Russian striker in the Lankaran camp.

There is no doubt that Arshavin will get big weekly salary at Lankaran, but, playing in Azerbaijan might damage his chances of being selected in his national team in the future.

Arshavin will be approached by a lot of clubs during the summer transfer window; that’s for sure. A few Russian and English clubs might also be interested in him. But, while accepting any offer, he must keep in mind his future in international football as well. If he wants to represent Russia for a few more years, he should try to continue playing in a big league.

DINAMO NOT INTERESTED

The sporting director of Dynamo Moscow, Dmitri Galiamin, has made it clear that his club is not interested in buying the Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin.
Arshavin’s contract with Arsenal is going to finish in June this year. But, the manager of Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, wants to sell him during the mid season transfer window.

Arshavin has been playing for the Gunners since the last three years. He had joined Arsenal in February 2009. He has played 105 matches for Arsenal so far and has scored 23 goals.

Quite a few clubs have shown interest in the Russian midfielder and Dynamo Moscow was supposed to be one of those clubs. But, now, it has been confirmed by Galiamin that the Russian Premier League side is not planning to bid for Arshavin.

The other clubs which are interested in Arshavin are Fulham, Lazio SSC and PSV Eindhoven. According to the reports, Lazio is ready to pay a transfer fee of 4 million Euros for buying Arshavin.
There also have been reports that Dick Advocaat, the manager of PSV Eindhoven, is also eager to get the services of Arshavin whom he had coached during his tenure as the manager of the Russian national team.

When asked if Dynamo Moscow wants to buy Arshavin, Galiamin said, “No, we don’t have any such plan. We have planned to buy a few players during the transfer window, but, Arshavin is not one of them.”

Galiamin also confirmed that Aleksandr Kokorin is not going to be sold to Zenit St. Petersburg. The sporting director said, “Kokorin has been in tremendous form in this season, so, it’s obvious that a few top clubs are interested in him. But, we are not going to sell him or place him on loan.”

WRONG FRAME OF MIND

The Russian national team manager Fabio Capello has stated that he has not decided not to call up the Arsenal winger Andrei Arshavin because he is not in the right frame of mind. The former Zenit St Petersburg winger is regarded as one of the best talents in Russian football.

However, he has barely featured for the national team since the Russian FA appointed the former England manager Fabio Capello as the manager of the national team. Capello has said that he has not selected Arshavin due to a personal grudge, but has not selected the player because he is not in the right frame of mind to be selected.

The former Real Madrid and AC Milan manager has said that he decided to go to London in order to discuss the future of the player with the national team. However, it enabled him too quickly learn that he was not mentally ready to play in the international team. Arshavin has barely featured for his club team Arsenal in the last few years, which is astonishing given that he was once the club record signing at £ 15 million. He is widely expected to leave Arsenal in the January transfer window having made just six substitute appearances so far this campaign.

"Arshavin is a great talent but he has started to fade. I went to see him in London but unfortunately I have to tell you that he is no longer a player that he was used to be and I cannot call a player to the national team unless he is beneficial to the team. I would be a fool if do not play Arshavin if he is in perfect shape or state of mind. Some people think that I removed him probably because of some personal reasons but the thing is that he is not performing," said Capello.

PAVEL CALLS ON ARSHAVIN

The former Zenit St Petersburg star Pavel Pogrebynak has said that he wants the Arsenal winger Andrei Arshavin to join him at Reading. The Russian Pavel Pogrebynak is currently at Reading and is enjoying a good season with the Royals.

However, they are struggling done at the bottom of the table and are expected to spend big in the January transfer window in the hope of staying up. Andrei Arshavin has been spoken of as one of the possible transfer targets for the club. Reading have the ability to go after big players now due to the backing of the wealthy owners.

They have made it clear that they would like to sign a big-name player in the January transfer window, and the 31-year-old Andrei Arshavin seems like a possible transfer target for the club. The Russian winger has grown frustrated about life in North London after not getting regular first-team opportunities. Arshavin was a £ 15 million signing from Zenit St Petersburg four years ago, but he has been relegated to the position of a nonstarter in recent seasons. As a result, he is keen to move to a club where he can play regularly. Pavel Pogrebynak has said that Reading should come to his mind immediately.

"It’s Arshavin who has to make the decision. Anton Zingarevich knows him well enough without listening to my opinion, as he is from St Petersburg. But Andrey is a master and there is no doubt that it would be great to see him at Reading,” said the Reading star Pavel Pogrebynak about the possibility of Andrei Arshavin coming to Reading. The club has struggled to get any victory so far this season and are currently in the 18th position. They have just six points from the 10 matches played so far, while they have conceded 18 goals.

ARSHAVIN COMITTED TO ARSENAL

Andrei Arshavin has said that he is totally committed to his current club arsenal and the reports about his transfer are completely baseless. However, the Russian striker confirmed that he was approached by the authorities of the Russian club Dinamo Moscow, but, he rejected their offer and, according to Arsenal news, he doesn’t want to make a move before the completion of his contract with Arsenal.

Arshavin hadn’t got too many chances to play in the first XI of Arsenal in the last season and he is not likely to get many opportunities in this season as well. But, even after that, the striker doesn’t want to leave Arsenal.

Arshavin has been playing for Arsenal since the last three years. Arsenal had bought him from Zenit in February 2009. Arshavin played his first match for Arsenal against Sunderland. His first goal for Arsenal came in March 2009 against Blackburn Rovers. In April 2009, he scored four goals in a match against Liverpool which made him one of the favourites of the Arsenal fans. He performed brilliantly for Arsenal in the second half of the 2008-09 season.

He carried on the momentum in the earlier part of the next season as well, but, in January 2010, he suffered a calf injury which made him miss quite a few matches. He made a comeback in the 2010-11 season, but, he didn’t manage to make the same kind of impact. He scored some goals, but, he didn’t look at his best. In the last season, he struggled a lot with his form and was criticized by many experts for his casual approach on the field.

Arshavin is keen to get his place back in the first XI. He told the reporters that he has trained hard in the off season and he is ready to shut the mouth of his critics by putting up exquisite performances in the 2012-13 season.

ZENIT WANT ARSHAVIN

The Russian club Zenit St Petersburg have said that they will be looking at the possibility of signing the Arsenal winger Andrei Arshavin. The Arsenal winger spent the last six months on a loan deal after the Russian club after falling out of favour with the manager Arsene Wenger. However, he has impressed sufficiently in his loan spell and he has been recalled by his parent club. He has only one season left on his current deal and there has been no indication that Arsenal will be willing to extend the deal. As a result, Zenit St Petersburg have returned with an offer of £ 10 million for the Russian captain.

The Russian club previously indicated that they would not be interested in signing the player on a permanent basis, but it seems that they have been impressed by the six months spent by the player at the club to even consider signing him on a permanent basis. Andrei Arshavin came close to losing his place as the captain of the Russian national team, but was retained by the new manager Fabio Capello after he accepted his apology. The 31-year-old was one of the stars of the Euro 2008 for the Russian national team.

Arsenal are also not showing a lot of interest in retaining the player due to the recent form. However, he was a late substitute in the match against Sunderland on the opening day of the season. Despite his arrival, Arsenal could not break the deadlock and the match finished as a 0-0 draw. The officials from the Russian club have flown into London in order to hold talks with the player and also the club. They believe that an offer of £ 10 million will be enough to persuade Arsenal to sell the player.

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