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Arshavin to Newcastle? Probably Not.

The latest transfer rumour to come out of Italy appears to be a little on the optimistic side for anyone from the north east. Newcastle United are known to be looking to strengthen their squad but according to reports on Transfer Market Web they are preparing a survey on Arshavin.

I’m not too sure whether that means they will have an idea if Arshavin is more suited to Scientology than football but either way, I doubt it’s anything to get too excited about Newcastle fans.

Arshavin has been made surplus to requirements ever since his lazy displays at the Emirates prompted Arsene Wenger to send him out on loan last January but with his old club Zenit St. Petersburg interested along with the riches of teams in the UAE, I can’t see what Newcastle have to offer Arshavin to make him stay in England.

Along with the fact that Newcastle have an attacking midfielder they can use in a similar role to the one Arshavin is used to and he is younger and probably a bit better right now in Hatem Ben Arfa, makes you wonder what’s the point? The saying too many cooks spoil the broth would be relevant to this transfer rumour.

Stranger things have happened in the Premiership though and there have been a few rumblings from St James Park that Pardew and Ben Arfa don’t see eye to eye and Arshavin would be a good short term solution to replacing the at times wonderfully creative Frenchmen.

With some rumoured interest from Chelsea it wouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility to see Ben Arfa hand in a transfer request but all this is me getting carried away with my football induced brain and not really thinking of the logistics.

Wherever Arshavin ends up I hope he is able to dazzle like he did when he first appeared on our screens in Euro 2008. His wonderful passing vision and stunning ability to make a pass with the perfect weight and speed made him a target for Barcelona until he joined Arsenal.

His highlight, for me, will be the four goals he scored against Liverpool during his first spellbinding season in the Premiership.

Many people say he is passed it but I think it is a case of needing a change of scenery to rejuvenate his abilities. Last season he scored 1 goal in 19 games in the league for Arsenal but the season before that it was 6 goals and 11 assists in 37 games in the league and in his return to Zenit on loan he managed 3 goals and 4 assists in 11 appearences, so he still has the quality.

The bottom line is that Newcastle don’t need him right now and only a drastic game of musical chairs involving a few Newcastle midfielders will change that.

Don’t get too excited Newcastle fans but if this comes true remember where you heard it first.

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