By 1970’s Gooner
Arsene Wenger is a wily owl.
Everyone had thought that going for Arshavin would have been futile with Manchester City’s petrol dollars bound to snatch him away once the bidding war was underway.
But it seems that Wenger must have known something otherwise he would not have gone in with an opening bid for the player. As you may remember we first reported on this site a £12m bid by Arsenal.
Whatever the amount eventually is agreed, Arshavin seems to have made his mind up. He wants to play for Arsenal:
"In some games last season, Zenit played football which was very similar to that of Arsenal" he said.
He even revealed what shirt number he would prefer to wear should he join Wenger's team.
“I would prefer my present Number 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."
The sad thing for Arshavin of course is that Zenit want the highest transfer fee they can get asking for as high as £20m.
Well, we can reveal that there has been a rift between Arshavin and his club with him pressing them to come to an agreed fee with Arsenal so that he can get his wish to play for them.
He has, it is reported, got a fellow football player to call the Zenit coach Dick Advokaat and let him know that Andrei would be 'opting out' of games until the Zenit hierarchy agrees to let him leave!
It seems that the only way that Arsenal would get to sign him would be for the player to really want to come to the Emirates.
If Arshavin carries out his threat then this may well force Zenit’s hand in the matter.