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Dinamo Moscow manager Dan Petrescu has revealed that Andrey Arshavin turned down a move to the Russian capital to stay and fight for his place at Arsenal. 31 year old Arshavin has fallen out of favour with the Gunners and spent the end of last season on loan at boyhood club Zenit St. Petersburg.

It looked likely he would move back to his hometown permanently, but some laconic comments about Russia supporters after Euro 2012 seemingly scuppered that. Rumours of a loan move slowly began to resurface until Zenit splurged on the transfers of Hulk and Alex Witsel.

Arshavin has one year left on his Arsenal deal and Dinamo Moscow claim a one year loan- effectively taking him to the end of his Gunners deal- had been agreed with the club, but turned down by Arshavin himself. Petrescu said, ''I wanted to add this player to the team, but Andrey said no to Dinamo.' The Russian transfer window closed at 9pm last night.

It's thought that a mixture of Arshavin's loyalty to his St. Petersburg roots and the fact that his young children are settled into a London school caused him to turn Dinamo down. It is also speculated that he has applied for British citizenship, having been resident in the UK for three years.

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

Writer:Tim Stillman
Date:Friday September 7 2012
Time: 8:58AM

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I have no problem with this Tim. I think Arshavin has something to prove and I have a feeling from looking at his body language that he want to bury some demons. Let him do it with us and give us that much needed depth.
07/09/2012 09:17:00
Happy to keep him, if he plays in the manner that he can, then he's a good asset for the squad. If he doesn't, well, he's in the last year of his deal either way. I happen to think he's the only player who offers something different to the front three because we really lack variety up there with Benayoun gone. I imagine Arshavin will be used as a sub in crisis situations.
Little Dutch
07/09/2012 09:38:00
If he is determined to play for his place, that's a good thing for the squad. He might have something to offer, but we're seeing it far less often these days. Arshavin's a bit of a favorite for me, but he has fallen from grace dramatically.
07/09/2012 10:18:00
I hope that Andrey can come Good as he has the talent,and he needs to prove himself again to the Fans! Yep, I can see him coming on and causing a few problems for the other team, by either scoring himself or an assist.
07/09/2012 10:20:00
Arshavin hasn't come good since the freedom of his first half season with the club. He won't get any better now but he does have some quality and we've had cause to be uncomfortable with the quality of the bench in the past so while his wages don't justify such a role it has its upside. With Rosicky also certain to play his part our midfield with the youthful promise of Ramsey, Coquelin and Wilshere has a decent look about it.
07/09/2012 10:31:00
i guess he was a bit unfortunate. had we played the current formation with a free roaming 2nd forward (i.e. cazorla position) with him in the past few years, he would have been outstanding. he made his name in that role before joining us
07/09/2012 11:34:00
Can anyone tell me the length of contract remaining for the players that we did not manage to sell (Chamakh, Squid) and the years left on Park/Bendtner's contracts since they are only on loan.
07/09/2012 11:35:00
I don't really think Arshavin has the discipline to play Cazorla / Ramsey / Fabregas role, it's still a midfield role and it still requires demanding energy levels. Arshavin can play off a lone striker in if there are four midfielders behind him at least. But that's not the way we play and it wouldn't make much sense to rejig the team to accomodate.
Little Dutch
07/09/2012 12:03:00
Arshavin was our most used sub last season even tho he went out on loan at the end of it!!!... im so glad he is staying! wenger loves him and he set up henry for a last minute winner
07/09/2012 14:22:00
Ar Ar Arshavin always in the staff canteen, They called him fat he was just big boned, Ar Ar Arshavin Russias greatest pie machine, it was a shame when he waddled on.
07/09/2012 14:36:00
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