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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Andrei Arshavin to Go on Strike?

(This entry was first posted in Saturday, January 24th, 2009)

Arsenal has been linked with Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin since last summer, and for the last one month, Arshavin’s likely move to Arsenal has been apparent. However, Arsenal could not yet come under an agreement with Arshavin’s current club Zenit St Petersburg. Arsenal’s bid for the player did not match the amount demanded by Zenit. The Russian club initially demanded £20 million. Following Arsenal’s £12 million bid for Arshavin being rejected, Zenit reportedly decreased their demand to £18 million later on. So, it has been reported that the star midfielder might go on strike in protest if Zenit fails to make a deal with Arsenal.

Goal.com reported:

“I told Arsenal already that we don’t accept the £12m and they know it very well,” he said before adding, “If we were very close to each other, if it was a similar price, then we would need a meeting to talk about it.”

“I talk with Ken Friar, who is the managing director, and John Smith, who is the agent for Arsenal,” explained Mitrofanov, “I know that they have discussed everything with Arshavin.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is not yet confirmed if Arsenal would be able to land the Russian star at Emirates stadium. Wenger, however, indicated that the club would not be able to spend an amount which they can not afford to. So, it seems that Arsenal may not launch an improved offer for Arshavin. Now, let us see if the deal comes into existence in the end and Arshavin would move to Arsenal.

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