Arsenal move for Andrei Arshavin '90 per cent complete'

29 January 2009 08:52
Arsenal played Everton in the Premier League last night at Goodison Park, where Wenger saw Robin van Persie score an injury-time equaliser at Goodison Park, after Everton were on the brink of victory following Tim Cahill's 100th career goal.

However, with a vital point in the bag as the battle for fourth spot hots up, Wenger took time out to discuss the Arshavin deal.

He said: "There is nothing new on Arshavin, I have been concentrating on the game and not taking calls.

"But the deal is maybe 90 per cent completed. However, the final 10% of any deal can be the most difficult.

"Maybe in the next two days. In this kind of job it can be difficult at this stage because people can change their minds completely."

Should Arshavin move to the Emirates, he will be joining a team that is falling off the pace in the Premier League title race.

However, Wenger concedes that the last-ditch equaliser has increased his side's chances of clinching fourth spot, and also holding off Everton's challenge.

He said: "After the result last night (Villa winning at Portsmouth) we knew we could not afford to lose this game.

"It was a game of quality and we were playing against a good team, and we needed character to come back like that in injury-time.

"You cannot predict you will score that late, but I knew the team would keep going and we have shown that again.

"It was very important not to lose. We needed to keep Everton at a distance from us, and three points would have put them very close to us.

"Van Persie's finish was an exceptional one. But when you see the ball dropping like that towards his left foot, you always think that he can hit the target.

"He will make the 'keeper work, he will never put the ball into the stands from a position like that."

Source: Telegraph