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Wenger Would Be Wise to Accept €17m & Cut His Losses

According to footballpress.net, Anzhi Makhachkala will continue their expensive rebuilding with the signing of Andrei Arshavin.

Arshavin, 30, signed for Arsenal in January 2009 and has gone on to sporadically wow the fans in North London. He has failed to find consistency and at times goes missing from games. Could he be tempted by a move back to his native Russia?

The 64-cap Russian international would surely be tempted by Anzhi’s offer as they would presumably offer him huge amounts of money to return home. Whilst the Russian leagues are not the most fashionable, they are certainly attracting the stars as recent deals have seen the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Yury Zhirkov and Balázs Dzsudzsák make the trip to the north-east corner of Europe.

If Anzhi really are interested in him, they are likely to pursue him doggedly and pay whatever Arsenal request. The rules in the Russian Premier League require a certain amount of Russian players to start each league game and thus recalling Russian stars that play elsewhere is fast becoming essential.

While I would normally slate a player for becoming tempted to move to Russia for money, Arshavin is in fact Russian and the idea of playing alongside Samuel Eto’o would certainly appeal to the best of us. Having signed no contract extension since arriving at Arsenal, come January 2012 Arshavin will have just six months left on his deal. Are Arsenal really in a position to keep Arshavin amidst an expected bid of €17m?

Should they sell, it will be more money towards the potential Eden Hazard fund – a deal which every Arsenal fan wishes for dearly. I’m not of the opinion that Arshavin would be a huge loss for Arsenal. He can appear lazy or stroppy at times and the money recouped would buy a replacement of equal skill with a potential bonus of a better attitude.

Nevertheless, Arshavin has been a success for Arsenal so far.

What do you think? Should Arsenal sell up or re-negotiate a contract?

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