The name of Russiaâ€™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 Newcastleâ€™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.
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 Russiaâ€™s Player of the Year. A Premier League clubâ€™s European scout (probably one of ours) told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œArshavin has superb pace, he is a great dribbler with the ball, he has vision and technique, and his passing is second to none.â€
Weâ€™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 Â£7M, but we think Sam could possibly get him for less than that figure.
Hereâ€™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 5â€² 8â€ tall and is a tigerish player in midfield.