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Arshavin Goes On Loan To Zenit

Andre Arshavin via his won website that he has joined his former club, Zenit St Petersburg on loan.

After playing in the reserves against Norwich midweek, following an horrendous 12 months worth of form for the Gunners the badly performing Russian has now been granted a loan move back to his previous club.

AA confirmed it on his own website.

"I've moved to 'Zenit'. On loan, will play under number 29.

ll the details tomorrow, when you wake up. :)"

I`ve always felt a little sorry for Arshavin, an often misunderstood player trying to play through a bad patch.

I hope he can find a bit of happiness with Zenit.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday February 24 2012

Time: 8:47PM

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I can only wish Arshavin well with his new team and this will probably work out well for him as the Euros approach. With the spate of injuries we seem to be having, I do hope we have no reason to regret his departure because he isn't that much of a bad squad players as some fans will want you to believe. Good luck, Little Russian.
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24/02/2012 21:01:00

So, starring for the reserves was probably a shop window gimmick to allow Zenit run the rule over the man; not that they needed that to know his capabilities. Is this a sign of things to come for our other players who have failed to up their games? One has to wonder.
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24/02/2012 21:08:00

So Chamakh on loan to Bordeaux and Park to Monaco?
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24/02/2012 21:22:00

...Well, you never know, after all, the summer is just round the corner :-). More like the Manager is sending a clear message to under-performing stars which should augur well for the team's waning cometitive edge.
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24/02/2012 21:59:00

I am goner
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25/02/2012 00:59:00

I don't think Wenger can send a message to players who don't even play. "See what happens when you don't up your game, you get dropped, hear that Chamakh and Park... oh."
Professor Calculus
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25/02/2012 02:52:00

Thanks for the memories Andrei and all the best. Some memorable goals, amazing skill and yet a lingering feeling of a talent underutilised. AOC and Benayoun can cover in his absence.
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25/02/2012 06:31:00

he is best playing in the hole. covering for full back never suited him. it's a shame because he has such great skills & personality
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25/02/2012 07:04:00

PC, you'll agree Chamakh has had his opportunities, though. Park? Now, that's a puzzle. The only thing to assume is he doesn't do enough in training.
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25/02/2012 09:53:00

DF, the 4 vs Liverpool, the winner against Barca and that one against United at OT, come to mind easily. We know he will do well at Zenit and should have a good last hurrah at the Euros.
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25/02/2012 09:55:00

But c'mon. The timing! Could the club have picked a worse moment to offload a creative player? I guess this means Wenger intends to run the Ox into the ground. Let's hope he doesn't pick up any injuries.
Wyn Mills
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25/02/2012 10:18:00

Even given his recent poor form Arshavin was still more likely to score or assist than most of the alternatives we're left with. I really don't understand the logic behind letting him go now, rather than at the end of the season. Can someone explain it? If its just a question of getting him off the wage list then it speaks volumes about our ambitions this season.
Wyn Mills
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25/02/2012 10:26:00

I won't try to explain it, Wyn, as I am as much at a loss about this as you. It is possible Zenit have been interested and after that recent booing experience, the player started to think about it and made a case to the Manager.
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25/02/2012 10:42:00

Wenger will see it as an escape route, considering his name keeps coming up in the "7 players Arsenal must ship out" blogs.
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25/02/2012 10:44:00

Didn't think Wenger paid any attention to 'media lists'. This smacks of a knee-jerk reaction by the board. Perhaps the publishing of the wage list had something to do with it.
Wyn Mills
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25/02/2012 10:53:00

Rocky, not sure you should feel too sorry for Arshavin. Feel sorry for our club which seems to be going through an appalling period of mismangement at the moment. Absolutely *****ed off with the timing of this which weakens our club at the very moment we need all the experience and skill we can muster for the run-in. Now is not the time to be offloading experienced players when we have so many injuries. Talking of which Gibbs has picked up yet another knock in training which will keep him out. Unfeckingbelievable.
Wyn Mills
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25/02/2012 11:21:00

So, we get to save on his wages and get 1m for it!! Bonza chaps!! Don't worry about losing ANOTHER player from and already shocking squad (Wenger's worst) but there's no way of replacing him! This is a total and utter embarrassment, it could not be clearer what this club's agenda is - money money money.
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25/02/2012 13:02:00

Wyn where did you get that little gem that Gibbs is out? Once again your knocking the boss. Mate if you are so sure he is mismanaging the team so so much put forward your name to take over. Everyone has been screaming(well the media and a few idiots) now it happen and its all the managers fault. Now your coming up with the idea that the boss is overplaying the OX, I just give up one minute the boss is underplaying him the next he is overplaying him. Your starting to sound like Piers overinflated Richard Cranium. shewore put a sock in it, were your forefathers the Doom and Gloom brothers. Even the Scum when they were down never failed to stand up for their team. Balls gentlemen(if your girls your excused) FFS grow some; sorry please.
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25/02/2012 14:13:00

I'll always get behind my team but if that means blind faith and optimism on internet forums then drop me out. Strong rumour about Gibbs hoping it's just bs. Wyn that wage thing is just some mate's brother's cousin's wife's mate's mistress's dad's source - any idiot can make all that up, and i'm 99% sure the wages are wrong for the ressies/youth.
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25/02/2012 14:25:00

I'm more hacked off with the board than Wenger to be honest. Wenger isn't the one who is ultimately in charge of the purse-strings, and this stinks of the right commercial decision made at the wrong time. The growing evidence is that the millionaires in charge are more concerned about fattening up this particular calf than producing a thoroughbred. But if you're happy to continue paying extortionate ticket prices to these shysters in the boardroom to watch promising kids then good for you. I'm not. If you're content to continue waving your scarf while this club is stripped of its stars and ability to compete then I'm happy for you. Just don't expect me to be.
Wyn Mills
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25/02/2012 15:31:00

Does Arshavins' leaving free up a place in our 25 man squad thingy? If so I can see the benefit of him leaving us if Wenger feels he has better options in the Ox and maybe another younger hungrier leaner (lol) player to step up in Andreiys' place. If not and we can't name any replacement then I can't see any point in this whatsoever? Just another few toes shot off at a time where we sorely need every ounce of experience and are dying for a lack of creativity. For all his faults and there were many don't get me wrong, I fully want him out the door come the summer but now? with the fight we have on our hands? he was one of the most creative players we had left. Any other business and the words asset stripping would spring to mind. It's hard to view this as anything than just a continuation of the unfathomably bonkers dealings and in house chaos we suffered all summer.
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25/02/2012 17:35:00

Unsurprisingly yet again blanket media silence from Arsenal over this matter. Why no reason? apart from " in order to maximise his opportunities for regular first-team football ahead of Euro 2012 in June." on dot.con? Excuse us for not really giving a fu(k about that tournament at this present stage. What about decisions in order to maximise our opportunites for playing CL football ahead of the new season in August? Again it's the lack of openess, honesty and communication to the fans that creates an air of hostility that could be so easily avoidable with a little rationale and explanation behind some of the decisions being made.
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25/02/2012 18:04:00

Arshavin is a player with incredible quality, good pedigree and excellent experience. he was signed after a concerted 'SPEND SOME F***ING MONEY' campaign in the media and among the fans, many demanding that Arshavin be signed. he was, earlier than some were expecting, and for less expense than you might expect (for a player that was being chased by Barca in the not too distant past). He started slowly for us, but well enough, and was productive 9scoring and creating assists regularly).

That's past-tense. For 18-24 months, he has been poor - not in a ridiculous, expectant-fan, 'Song doesn't score enough goals, he's got to go' type way, but in a '**** me, he can't even play a ten yard pass any more' way. The guy has been a liability for us for two seasons; I'd sooner be playing a youth player, and DEFINITELY rather play Chamberlain. When you consider his past and status, he is likely to be among the three highest-paid players at the club - purely guessing at, what, 60k/week - for someone who will sit on the bench.

So my take on it is 'shame it didn't work out, really interesting personality, but it's best for everyone if he leaves'. And the club's silence? Well, they don't want to say 'we've sold him because he's gash', because no-one would buy him. And because the Arsenal usually show more class than that.
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27/02/2012 15:50:00


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