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.