English Premiership

Arsenal ready to sell Arshavin

2011-12-21 13:51
Andrei Arshavin (File)

Moscow - Arsenal are ready to sell out of favour Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin to his home club Zenit Saint Petersburg for his original transfer sum of 16.5 million euros, a report said on Wednesday.

Moscow's respected Sovietsky Sport daily said Zenit was interested in acquiring the 30-year-old Russia skipper and eventually assigning him to coach its youth club.

Sovietsky Sport said its source confirmed that "Arsenal are ready to enter negotiations with Zenit."

The report comes on the heels of British media speculation that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had decided to part with his struggling playmaker during the January transfer window.

"We are always interested in Arshavin," Zenit director Igor Korneyev told Sovietsky Sport.

"But I can neither confirm nor deny whether we have received an offer."

Arshavin's stock soared when he spearheaded one of the most dazzling Russian sides in decades to a semi-final appearance at the Euro 2008 championship.

Arsenal signed him early the following year after paying a 16.5 million euro transfer and saw him make an immediate impact with six goals in 12 games.

But he's only scored once in the Premier League in 13 appearances this season and has only started for the squad on six occasions.

Arshavin's return to Russia has been rumoured repeatedly and he most recently denied interest in the big-spending Russian upstarts Anzhi Makhachkala - the new home of Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o.

But Arshavin is reportedly frustrated that a lack of regular playing time is hurting his chances of making Russia's Euro 2012 team and is now more serious about making a move.

Sovietsky Sport said all transfer decisions at Zenit were made by the club's sponsor Gazprom and that the Russian natural gas giant - while currently looking for a striker - had long-term plans for its home darling.

"The player's return is possible if he decides on it," Gazprom boss Alexei Miller was quoted as saying earlier this month.

"We all have to return to our homelands sooner or later," Miller said.

Read more on:    epl
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland
Fixtures
21 December 2014
Newcastle United v Sunderland, St. James' Park 15:30
Liverpool v Arsenal, Anfield 18:00
22 December 2014
Stoke City v Chelsea, Britannia Stadium 22:00
26 December 2014
Chelsea v West Ham United, Stamford Bridge 14:45
Everton v Stoke City, Goodison Park 17:00
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur, King Power Stadium 17:00
Swansea City v Aston Villa, Liberty Stadium 17:00
Manchester United v Newcastle United, Old Trafford 17:00
Crystal Palace v Southampton, Selhurst Park 17:00
Sunderland v Hull City, Stadium of Light 17:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 17:00
Burnley v Liverpool, Turf Moor 17:00
Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers, Emirates Stadium 19:30
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.