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As regular readers of Vital Arsenal will know, we're not one to comment on unfounded transfer rumours, but this one is not going away ...... no smoke without fire and all that.

According to Sky Sports News, Zenit St Petersburg have told them that they are holding talks with the North London outfit over the possible transfer of Russian play maker Andrei Arshavin.

Arsene Wenger, normally one to completely dismiss rumours regarding players whether he is trying to sign them or not, has been unusually coy over the Arshavin rumours, indeed he confirmed at the weekend that there was 'no progress' in the transfer talks, hinting that talks had begun.

The current rumours are creating a buzz around Arsenal's blogosphere and fan forums, the possibility of bringing in, not only a fairly big name, but a player who seems to be exactly what we need, has temporarily lifted the air of gloom around the club, indeed if Wenger can pull the transfer off, that air could be lifted permanently.

Arsenal have been shorn of their creativity after losing Alex Hleb to Barcelona in the summer and Cesc Fabregas to injury in the Liverpool match last month. Arshavin could be the perfect replacement for the short and long term.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday January 6 2009
Time: 5:08PM


I think Nasri has replaced Hleb in creativity and shooting!!! Arshavin will be a decent addition although not going to solve our defensive midfield problems. Shouldn't we just try and get flamini back and pay more, just as the spuds did with Defoe?
06/01/2009 17:17:00
49er - I personally have done more shooting at goal in an Arsenal shirt than Hleb did!! Flamini can rot for all I care, he could have been great for us, but he made a bad choice.
06/01/2009 17:19:00
Wenger's always said he'll never re-sign an old player though.
06/01/2009 17:20:00
Im a bit concerned as to why Zenit released this news. Seems like they are sniffing around the Man City dollars, hopefully we can push this deal through asap.
06/01/2009 17:21:00
Im not excited! What you chattin?! Rocky gettin all excited and thinkin we are all bothered about this! Its just news, nowt special! calm it down rocky!
06/01/2009 17:21:00
Agree with Rocky (let's start that loop again lol) on both counts. Nasri and Arshavin would be like having proper replacements for Bobby and Freddie at long last! (Instead of someone who shot less than Rocky - due respect for Hleb's creativity though.)
06/01/2009 17:25:00
The Spuds are a ******** joke. I'm still laughing at them for re-signing Defoe for 15M, one year after selling him to 7.5M (He certainly hasnt become twice the player he was). I dont want Flamini to come back now - lets look ahead to other targets. As for Arshavin, Zenit need to wake up to reality. Not many clubs will have the money to offer during this window - Arsenal's one of them. They should quit screwing around. But if Citeh comes in and makes a higher bid which Arshavin takes, then I wouldnt lose any sleep over it. If his ambition is to move to a relegation fight, perhaps, it wouldnt be that bad if we didnt sign him.
06/01/2009 17:28:00
Say Tom as he pops out to the tattoo parlour so he can get Arshavin's face inked on his bare arse!!
06/01/2009 17:30:00
Yeah prits, imagine spurs going to a bank to look for funding for the Lidls arena and trying to convince them they could pay back a £300m loan! The bank would take 1 look at the Defoe deal and tell them in no uncertain terms to F*@k off! incompetent fools.
06/01/2009 17:33:00
Hold on, so sp*rs really ended up paying 15M for Defoe? Well I suppose if you're an over-rated English striker, you know where you can go to make the most money!
06/01/2009 17:39:00
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