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Chelsea, Barca & Spurs Top The List For Arsene’s £17M Want Away Star

Arsenal midfielder, Andrey Arshavin, has been tipped with a possible move away from the Emirates during the Summer transfer window. Although nothing has been confirmed as yet, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arshavin ‘is going through a period that is difficult at the moment.’

As his form for Arsenal begins to dip, Arshavin has found himself increasingly on the fringes of the Arsenal team and is cutting an increasingly despondent figure on the Emirates pitch.

When asked recently, on the Q&A section of his website, whether he would be leaving Arsenal the player answered with a proverb of his native Russia. He said, ‘You must prepare your sledge in summer time.’ Whilst not quite, ‘ze seagulls, follow ze trawler,’ it is an interesting reflection of Arshavin’s state of mind.

Recent games have seen the midfielder, who has scored over 20 goals for Arsenal since joining from Zenit St. Petersburg, replaced by Samri Nasri. Arguably one of the most exciting players to hit the Premiership for a while, Nasri pretty much fulfills the role Arshavin took when he arrived at the Gunners. As a result, the Russian has found himself on the outside looking in, and his body-language has an increasingly frustrated look about it.

Arshavin cost Arsenal £16.5 million when he was signed 3 seasons ago, and it remains to be seen how much they’d be prepared to let him go for. There should be alot of interest for the 29 year old. Andrey, if you’re reading (or more likely, Andrey’s agent if you’re reading) here’s my 5 suggestions for the move.

CHELSEA – Yawn…yeah, I know….predicatable! But Arshavin was being linked with a move to the Bridge during the last transfer window and, as we all know, the Blues are facing a major summer clearout which will see a good deal of space open up. If they could get a good price, then Roman might be tempted by a move for his compatriot. It’s hard to see where he might fit into the team, but Arshavin still has the ability to create chances for possible tema-mates. Especially one Fernando Torres.

ITALY – Not sure exactly where yet, but the likely candidates are Juventus, AC Milan and Inter. ‘Free-flowing’ attacks aren’t really the norm in Serie A, but of all the clubs in the Italian league, those 3 like to indulge in creative forward play. They’re also the only 3 who could reasonably accomodate Arshavin’s wage fees.

BARCELONA – Arshavin’s dream move! He’s already gone on record to say that to play for Barcelona would be ‘the peak of my career.’ A few seasons ago he was even linked with a move there, until Wenger told him to button it. It’s unlikely that Barcelona would want him now, however, given the fact they have the strongest attacking line-up in Europe, and a younger, more talented playmaker in one Lionel Messi.

Still, as Martin Luther King said, ‘I have a dream…’. But then he was championing Civil Rights. I suppose that’s an unfair comparison!

ZENIT  ST. PETERSBURG – A move back to this hometown club, would suit Arshavin, who’s proud of his Russian culture and reguarly attends the Russian Orthodox Church in London. So far, a loan deal has been suggested, and it remains to be seen whether or not that deal will become permanent.

He’s a popular figure in Russia, where he also runs a website comparing meerkats, which was established by his father. And yes, that is a bit of a lazy sterotype I’ve just made. I apologise to the good people of Russia. When Arshavin was born, his hometown was known as Leningrad, after the leader of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Not the famous dead Beatle…..

TOTTENHAM – Spurs always feature on these kinds of lists, and the fact that Arshavin is an Arsenal player makes little difference. It’s the right sort of club for him but, again, would they be willing to take a chance on the player when they already have a vast treasury of better midfielders at their disposal. Also, Arshavin has made a few comments in past interviews that suggest wherever he goes, he wants to be challenging for league titles. (Meow! Sorry Spurs fans!)

It’s clear from his performances and body-language that Arshavin isn’t totally comfortable at Arsenal, and may have lost his way a little bit. Arsenal fans have seen a number of laconic displays from him in recent matches, and if Wenger fails to turn the player around he may well decide to capitalise in the summer and sell him on.

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