It’s very good news today with the confirmation of Arsenal’s interest in Andrei Arshavin being confirmed by both the player and Zenit St Petersburg manager Dick Advocaat. Arshavin has said that he “hopes the clubs can come to an agreement” while Advocaat has made the following, very interesting comments:
”I am aware that Arsenal are interested but I don’t know any more than that. However, I am expecting Arshavin to leave Zenit for another club.”
So the plot thickens. It’s extremely promising to hear the interest from Arsenal is genuine and in my opinion it is a deal that should eventually go through. At the moment reports are that Zenit value Arshavin at £20million but with the Russian threatening to buy himself out of his contract at the end of the season I think that value will be lowered to something around £12 million, a fair price in my opinion.
When you consider that Arsene Wenger picked up the likes of Jose Antonio Reyes, Samir Nasri and Alex Hleb for around that sort of price I think it would be money well spent. Anyone who has watched Arshavin play for Zenit or the Russian national team will realise his game is based on quickness of mind as much as quickness of feet and I feel he is a player who will have an impact on the team well into his thirties. As such, I think a £12 million splurge would be a good investment.
In an interesting way I think the arrival of Arshavin would have a supremely positive impact on our defence as well. He is a player who is so talented at unlocking defences with clever movement and passing and I feel his presence would be a great advantage for us against teams who sit back and try to hit us on the break. For this Arsenal squad attack is the best form of defence and as such I feel a player like Arshavin could have a huge impact at both ends of the field.
Anyway, it hasn’t happened yet so I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself.
Other news for today centres around the two Fab’s in our squad; club captain Cesc Fabregas and second-choice goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski. Fabregas has made comments about his desire to return from injury to lead the team to glory in the FA Cup while Fabianski has been speaking about his efforts to become first-choice keeper at the club.
I don’t think anyone would begrudge Cesc the chance of leading Arsenal to FA Cup glory but Fabianski is perhaps a more polarising subject. He seems like a lovely guy, Lukasz, but in all honesty I’ve not been overly impressed by his performances in an Arsenal shirt. I know there are plenty of supporters who prefer his all-action, all-domineering style to the more relaxed demeanour of Manuel Almunia but I don’t count myself amongst them. He seems a bit scattered on the pitch and although there’s no point writing off Fabianski at this stage (he’s only 23 after all) but I think he’s a good season or two away from claiming the number one spot.
And that’s just about all I’ve got to say today. Just a quick reminder that if you really, really, really enjoy reading the Arsenal FC Blog you should click here to subscribe and receive daily updates via your inbox or via RSS feeds. Being ridiculously biased I’d highly recommend you do.
Anyhoo, have a good one all.
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