Arsenal would suit me says Andrei Arshavin

12 January 2009 08:58
Zenit say they have already turned down one bid of £10 million, but it is understood that Arsenal remain in negotiations over the Russia forward who impressed with his performances during Euro 2008.

"In some games last season, we played football which was very similar to that of Arsenal," said Arshavin, who also appears well aware that his favoured No 10 shirt is already taken by William Gallas. He added: "I would prefer my present No 10 but in the team where I hope to move it's not vacant. So I'm ready for any number they are going to offer me."

Arshavin's comments come just as Zenit manager Dick Advocaat admitted that the uncertainty was affecting his plans in January transfer window. "We didn't even start negotiating about new players," he said.

"We are still waiting until the bosses decide if they should let Andrei Arshavin, Pavel Pogrebnyak and Anatoliy Tymoschuk go to other teams or not. In this situation my hands are tied."

Zenit value Arshavin at closer to £20 million and will be aware that Manchester City could become interested if they fail to clinch deals for their main attacking targets.

Arsenal are set to be without injured captain Cesc Fabregas until around April, while wingers Theo Walcott and Tomas Rosicky are also sidelined. However, their Croatia striker, Eduardo, continues his return to fitness following almost a year out with a broken leg.

"Eduardo is fit now and available to play, but he has played 45 minutes for the reserves after nine months out, so that means he is not ready to play in the Premier League just yet," Wenger said.

"I have, though, been impressed with his performances in training. We will see how he develops. Everybody is so impatient with him. Let's not rush it too much."

Meanwhile, Arsenal's Danish striker, Nicklas Bendtner, said that the players have resolved to put last year's disappointments behind them.

"We have talked among ourselves that 2008 was not the strongest, so we want to come out in 2009 and show what we are really about," said Bendtner, who scored Arsenal's winner against Bolton on Saturday.

"We have won both of our games in the new year and have shown that we are strong. I have got a few late goals now, but as long as I can help the team win, I am happy."

Source: Telegraph