Newcastle Continued Interest in Russian


The name of Russia’s versatile captain Andrei Arshavin has surfaced at Newcastle again and Newcastle scouts will be at the important Israel Russia European qualifying game on Saturday in Tel Aviv to run the rule over Arshavin.

We covered Newcastle’s interest in the Russian captain last week, and think he would be a good acquisition for Newcastle. Andrei can play in multiple attacking positions, which will help Big Sam with team options.

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Andrei Arshavin – Russian captain continues to interest Newcastle

The Russian can play as a striker, winger or attacking central midfielder and he has terrific pace. Last year he was named Russia’s Player of the Year. A Premier League club’s European scout (probably one of ours) told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Arshavin has superb pace, he is a great dribbler with the ball, he has vision and technique, and his passing is second to none.”

We’d like to see the Russian captain brought to Newcastle in January, but even though Big Sam bought 6 players in the summer who can play in the back four, he probably still has to bring in at least a couple of new defenders. The fee quoted for the 26 year-old Russian is around £7M, but we think Sam could possibly get him for less than that figure.

Here’s some information on Andrei Arshavin:

Andrei was born in May of 1981 in Saint Petersburg, (then called Leningrad) and is a top player for the Russian Premier League team Zenit St. Petersburg. He can play both as a midfielder and as a striker and has played 26 times for Russia scoring 7 goals, since making his debut on May 17, 2002 in a match against Belarus. He has captained the Russian side in their quest for European qualification under manager Guus Hiddink. Arshavin has played for his club side Zenith 229 times and scored 55 goals since making his debut in 2000. Andrei is just short of 5′ 8” tall and is a tigerish player in midfield.

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48 comments so far

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #1

    A Tigerish Midfielder..is he like russias equivelant to tigger off Jungle Book?
    Why are lots more premiership clubs after him if he is so Tigerish I am sure Abramovich would have him at the Chelsea Zoo by now if he was any good.

    Big Sam will play him in the centre of defence or leave him on the bench.

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  • toonfan1

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #2

    arshavin doesn’t play in the centre of defence sirjasontoon and he is a very good player when russia beat england 2-0. he was very good indeed and i would love to see him link up with barton or butt or even emre in the centre of midfield. also if he can play as a striker, it would be great cause we lose martins for the african nations cup and ameobi looks set to leave so he would be good cover for smith, viduka and owen up front but i would defo play him in centre mid- best position

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  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #3

    toonfan1-I think you missed my hint of sarcasm..I was implying the Sam would probably play him out of position like he does everybody else-Bozo.

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  • Kash

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d disagree with you Ed, I only think we need 1 defender and that would be another LB. We have at least 4 players capable of playing either RB or CB, and those players have sufficient quality IMO. Yet at LB Enrique is the only recognsed LB specialist, and N’Zogbia is a possible stop gap. We were exposed at DM by Butt’s suspension, and Edmilson is probably the answer to that.

    Even though our defence does seem alot more resilient and are more determined to fight tooth and nail, the lack of organisation is shocking. But considering there’s 4 different languages in the back line, thats not surprising.

    What is shocking though, is the fact we have 3 top class strikers but yet we’re not creating anywhere near the amount of chances for them to fire us into a better position in the league. I’m not surprised we’re linked to Arshavin as he’s a creator, but one man isn’t the answer, we need another as well as Duff returning to action.

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  • Paul

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #5

    I feel this is a fabricated story!

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  • Paul

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Kash is soooooo obviously an American teenager

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  • Kash

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #7

    Paul you’re obviously a twat!

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  • Kash

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #8

    Oops sorry for the language!

    Geordie born and raised pal, Princess Mary hospital, Jesmond!!!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #9

    The strikers are picking up scraps which isn’t surprising with the long ball football and will score very few goals at this rate.

    Kash-Duff is woeful at the best of times and has done nothing since leaving chelsea so he will I wouldn’t hold your breath for old duffer.

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  • dsr

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #10

    guys…
    grow up.

    i feel like i have stumbled into some sort of teen chat room. next you will be telling me that you h8 me and sending smiley faces to each other. just get a life. this is a football blog. lol. or whatever.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Kash aren’t you that bloke off Corrination Street ?

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  • Kash

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #12

    Well i’m hoping BSA will get the best out of him Jason. He has talent, so hopefully once fit he can at least get down the flanks. His final ball is woeful though!

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  • Kash

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #13

    No i’m the one out of Eastenders!!!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #14

    Kash : )
    I think Sam could make Arsenal play woeful at the moment he is a complete tactical goon.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Duff and Ameobi are really good in the new pro evolution..my newcastle are rocking in the master lge : )

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  • Kash

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #16

    He’s making some weird decisions lately, for what reason I don’t know. He should go back to his normal tactics. 2 Wingers, Playmaker and holding player! Whether he has to play 1 or 2 up front, we should still be attacking down the flanks and getting our playmaker on the ball. Emre wasno where to be seen on Saturday, and Barton gave the ball away far too much!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #17

    Does Anyone think Babayaro,Carr and Shola should be stoned on Northumberland Street for crimes against football?

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  • Kash

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Lets face it, Ian Harte is a dudd, but no one really ran at him. Why wasn’t N’Zogbia given the license to run at him?

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  • Kash

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #19

    Babayaro is continuously stoned, thats why he can’t get off the treatment table!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 14, 2007 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #20

    Kash-Joey will come good give him a few games and he will be a class little act,
    if we can get service to Oba and Owen we should get some goals,playing Zog and Milner on the wings should help-finishing work now have a good debate

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  • Hadrain

    Nov 14, 2007 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Oba’s still walking round with a 13 mill buyout clause , thats my main concern . can see alot of top teams trying to activate that in january , and i could bitchslap sam for dropping the lad at a time when offers could be comming in for him , hardly motivation to stay at the toon is it .
    Arshavin is a safe bet for me got a good eye for a pass and goal , we shouldnt need this kind of player if emre and barton would step up to the mark tho.

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  • Leo

    Nov 14, 2007 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #22

    would hate to see oba leave in january, i believe he would have started alongside owen if he hadnt been ill during the week, this break for international games will give oba a chance to get fit and ready, for liverpool. run at their two old defenders and we could get a goal or two if we do that

    BIG IF

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  • Bill f

    Nov 14, 2007 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Interesting and amusing bit of banter there, nice to see.

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  • toonfan1

    Nov 14, 2007 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #24

    kash- r u really from eastenders? or r u jkin lol

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 14, 2007 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Linked with Diego Capel today, see the lad once or twice looked promising from that, type of play we need that can beat players lots of pace.

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  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 14, 2007 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #26

    I’d love to see a player like Andrei Arshavin come to Newcastle as we need quality players in every position……

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  • joshi

    Nov 14, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #27

    wheres the real evidence that we are even remotly interested in him? it all seems so vague.

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  • Hammy

    Nov 14, 2007 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #28

    I read in El Mucho Bollockso that Jose Enrique and Cesc Fabregas went to school in the same country, would be great if he came to the toon…..Can’t wait til January when hopefully we’ll put a bid in…..

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  • joshi

    Nov 14, 2007 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #29

    lol. yer there was something similar in El pilo wankyo.

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  • toonfan1

    Nov 14, 2007 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #30

    lol at hammy we probably could get fabregas cause we’re stupid enough to meet high wage demands. i bet if fabregas wanted 300,000 a week, we would give it to him. same for boumsong, marcelino, carr, babayaro, owen, duff etc the list is endless and the only players recently (apart from sams signings) who looks worth the money we payed for are martins, n’zogbia and milner. any1 agree?

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  • Hammy

    Nov 14, 2007 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Si.

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  • joshi

    Nov 14, 2007 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #32

    I din’t mean to put the y in. Makes it look strangely soviet.

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  • Leo

    Nov 14, 2007 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #33

    nothing wrong with that, haha, im born bread geordie, but i was going down northumberlan street and some girl stopped me and asked me if i was a footballer for some west european country, cant remember which one, she said i was wearing a jacket like the national team would wear.

    going to get myself a i love soviets top haha

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  • ToonKing

    Nov 14, 2007 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #34

    Apparently the Sperms are already in talks with Arshavin 🙁 , Ramos want’s to reunite the Kerzhakov – Arshavin partnership. Don’t think we have a chance in getting him.

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  • Hadrain

    Nov 15, 2007 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #35

    id say our results of late will have reduced the list of players that would want to come to us , lets face it , most of these foreigners prefer the hustle bustle and smog of cockney land over our lovely green scenery also, we dont look like a club thats going anywhere atm aswell , its a hard sell that will only be swayed in our favor by cold hard cash

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  • Larson

    Nov 15, 2007 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #36

    I am sorry for superfluous messages

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  • Haway man

    Nov 15, 2007 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #37

    You loy get all your inrormation of chamoionship manager and other computer games

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  • Bill f

    Nov 15, 2007 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #38

    So no arshaving or fanni, thats the joke machine b**gered up then.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 15, 2007 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #39

    Spurs were interested in Arshavin a while ago, and reunite the partnership, did they have one? He never played for Sevilla and they only play together in internationals, we have a much better chance been linked with Valeri Domovchiyski a bulgarian international 21 years old 50 goals in 107 games for levski sofia just been tubing him looks pretty quality and hes not a horse of a player hes only 5ft 10

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  • Bill f

    Nov 15, 2007 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #40

    Tom-Toon, not sure if that is really a good way to judge a player, saw cameos of that Yank CB we had last season on loan (forgotten his name already) and he looked great. But!!

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