There are reports that Newcastle United had a scout in Marseille last week to watch Russian captain and play-maker Andrei Arshevin score for Zenit St Petersburg.
Andrei Arshavin – would be a great acquisition for Newcastle
Newcastle have been interested in the Russian midfielder for a while now, and it was half expected they would have brought him to Tyneside in January, but that was put to an end when Newcastle Manager Sam Allardyce lost his job in early January.
The news that the Tynesdie club was represented at the UEFA Cup clash last week suggests that our interest in the player has not waned, despite the upheaval in the management structure in January with Kevin Keegan now in charge at the club.
Arshavin scored the late goal at the Stade Velodrome last week that took Zenit through to the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup, and he starred again in the second leg this week when they overturned the 3-1 deficit to go through on the away goals rule.
Portsmouth, Arsenal, Chelsea, Atletico Madrid, Stuttgart and Liverpool were also represented at the game, but we don’t know if they were also interested in the Russian captain.
Of course this will all be pointless if Newcastle are relegated, and since we will not be in Europe next season it may still be difficult to attract such a good player to the club in the summer.
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 32 times for Russia scoring 9 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 211 times and scored 45 goals since making his debut in 2000. Andrei is just short of 5′ 8” tall and is an attacking player in midfield or up front.
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