Newcastle Still Keen On Russian Playmaker


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.

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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.

What do you think?

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55 comments so far

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Yeah, great if we stay up so yeah good signing. 🙂

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  • CJ

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Cisse and Nasri would be a lot better.

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  • Newcastle United.

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Good player, Would be a good signing but I think we need to concentrate on keeping this fantastic club in this league.

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  • paulthepom

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #4

    whats the point in even talking about it.if we dont win 4 out of 9 games we will be in the championship.

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  • scott9

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #5

    yes but cj we aint got no chance with nasri even if we was in europe.arshevin would be a great signing i think i would rather have mcgeady if i had to choose between the to though however it would be good if we could get both cant really see it happening though.
    players i would look at in the summer if we stay up.
    van buyten
    cueller
    shorey
    mcgeady
    sidwell
    park ji sung
    pandev
    cisse/heskey/gomis /ashton e.g anyone decent who can partner martins or owen please for god sake we need someone

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  • daiv

    Mar 13, 2008 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #6

    I cannot believe we are even talking about signings for next season. The focus of the club is totally wrong and tells me that we are in serious danger of relegation. I do not want to think about signings until we are safe andit is totally irresponsible of you Ed to flag up distractions like this nonsense.

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  • CJ

    Mar 13, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Does anyone reckon some of these player’s mentioned if we had bid next season accepted for them and we don’t get relagated and finished 13-17 pos in the lge would even consider signing for us someone like Van Buyten from B Munich who knows he will be playing in the Champs lge next season i am fully confident if we stay up KK will get it right. I agree we have no chance in Nasri but i have read Cisse is desperate to get back playing in the prem lge.

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  • CJ

    Mar 13, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #8

    Daiv fans saying what players we would like to see sign for the Toon does not affect are lge possition and is certainly better than non stop slagging of the manager.

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  • tom

    Mar 13, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #9

    Arshavins goal was qulality that game, pace and precision as usual. A player of dat calibre wouldnt want a relegation scrap

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 13, 2008 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #10

    ED, Is there no way you could set up some sort of petition from this site and send it to NUFC and put all our names as fans on it to try and get KK to realise how much we dislike Smith, Barton and Butt wearing the shirt and how these are the sort of players are who we want to this great club to be represented by:

    Edgar, Lua Lua, Tozer, Kadar, Carroll, Baheng, Milner, Taylor, Ramage, Harper, Given, Faye, Beye, Emre, Martins, Forster, Godsmark, Zamblera and Donaldson

    These players would form a side that gives a damn about this club and its future and would not give up after going a goal down at Wigan or would fold at home to Portsmouth, A side that puts their bodies on the line, takes a football in the face instead of ducking out of the way, A side that runs and closes down until they are totally drained of energy and Would if the worst happens go down with a fight not a pathetic uncaring whimper.

    WE DESERVE BETTER

    For NUFC

    For Hughie Gallacher, Stan Seymour, Wor Jackie, Joe Harvey, George Robledo, Len White, Frankie Clark, Wyn Davies, Pop Robson, Bobby Moncur, Iam McFaul, Tony Green, John Tudor, Super Mac, Alan Kennedy, Alan Gowling, Aurthur Cox, Terry Mac, Mick Martin, Kenny Wharton, Peter Beardsley, Chris Waddle, John Anderson, Gazza, John Carver, Mickey Quinn, Killer Kilcline, Stevie Watson, Lee Clark, Robbie Elliott, Steve Howey, Gavin Peacock, Pavel Srnicek, Tommy Wright, David Kelly, Rob Lee, Sir Les, Scott Sellars, Phillipe Albert, John Beresford, Warren Barton, Tino Asprilla, Alan Shearer, Gary Speed, Craig Bellamy, Nobby Solano, Antoine Sibierski, Glenn Roeder, Sir Bobby and of couse King Kev

    Everyone who treated their past representation of this wonderful, unique football institution as a great priviledge and are honoured to be a part of its history, Deserve to have a greater tribute than the set of gold digging wasters that besmirch their honour currently.

    If these overpaid uncaring losers want to leave Newcastle United football club with the slightest dignity intact then use all the restrains of the abilities and force as much effort that you can muster to at least guarentee that one of English footballs most historic and easily best supported football clubs remain where it belongs.

    NEWCASTLE UNITED WILL STILL BE THE LOCAL HERO, WHEN THESE JESTERS ARE FINISHED AGING NOBODYS LIVING OFF THEIR FORTUNES WITH A TOTAL DISREGARD FOR THE PEOPLE OR CLUBS THEY TRAMPLED ON TO GET IT

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  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 13, 2008 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Craigg – this is in no way meant to be presumptuous – but I did write to Chris Mort to introduce the site in December – actually just before Sam was sacked.
    Got a nice letter back and I understand the site is read by quite a few of the NUFC staff. I know that because that’s what the letter said, amongst other things. 😀
    My point is I think some of our comments and concerns are getting through – I’m convinced of that.
    And in any case we created the site to advance the support of NUFC throughout the world – and I’m sure we’ll do that longer term.
    But we really had had enough after Saturday and have ripped the players this week – not all of them mind you.
    But we’ll be right behind them on Monday night – if the boys win 3-0 Monday they’ll get so much credit on here they will not believe it.
    But if they play like faint hearted sheep again we’ll rip them – only because they deserve it.
    I’ve realized we have abig advantage with this site – becasue we don;’t necessaroli have to be nice to Kevin so he’ll keep speaking to us – so we have more lattitiude for hoinest criticsm – but we also want to be fair and honest about it.
    You’ll notice we’ve hardly criticized Kevin at all – because we don’t think that’s where the problem lies – in fact if we can stay up we expect one of the best summers for transfers into the club in recent memory – if only we can stay up. 😀
    There was a report yesterday that Roy Keane wanted Smith in the summer- but it seemed wishful thinking to us so we didn’t run that story.
    So my bottom line is I think this site does communicate what the fans think – that’s why we really want fans to express their opinions on the Necastle news – as long as it’s done responsibly and with decent language so the bairns can keep coming to the site.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 13, 2008 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #12

    In that case Ed

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  • richie

    Mar 13, 2008 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #13

    ed, this site is great, recently came across it, as for king kev hes doin everything in his power with the players he has u can see his passion in the interview, big sam signings were terrible in the main

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  • richie

    Mar 13, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #14

    i think joey barton could be the key to us getting something at brum,,i rate him

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #15

    lol Tom Toon, at last you said summit funny and I can agree with 😀

    Wonder how many @ SJP actually post here?

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  • richie

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #16

    well if joey is reading this go out and punish the brum, jus don get sent off

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  • CJ

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #17

    I was just wondering where Tom Toon has been now we know i am surprised you never threw a couple of Chermitti’s in there.

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  • Reading Mag

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #18

    Guys we are really in bother- support ALL the players WE need it..Do you think by slagging them of it will help !!! Smihy gives 100% what ever you same..We all want the same thing…

    KK your the best..what ever happens dont ever leave.

    Oh I not Alan Smith

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #19

    What d’ya mean where have i been.

    ObaFan2 – ive said something funny many a time, just not recently with this relegation shite, bla bla.

    oh and nice one CJ.

    CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!CHERMITI FOR THE TOON!

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  • CJ

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #20

    Anyone want to know the worst scenario in the world.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #21

    go on…

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  • Reading Mag

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #22

    Quin buys the Toon-no Gazza is manager – still love him though…Peter B s Beauty king of England- errhhh….We buy back Titus for £20 Mil

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  • CJ

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #23

    Sitting next to Daiv at the match very close to the dugout cos he is a lunatic.

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  • Leo

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #24

    nothing wrong with us talking about who we would love to see at newcastle next season, between games we can do nothing to help our club so its good to get rid of frustration of our on field antics through fantasy of the standard of players we would love to see at newcastle.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #25

    do you know what would be worse?

    smith on the pitch on monday, i promise you, ill hang myselfm in my shed.

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  • Reading Mag

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #26

    He has a point but always true faith – 1 point agaist brum, beat Fulham and all is good again

    If it helps the Reading fans are doing my head in.

    PS . Shoreys good ..Sdwell workman like ..but not good enough for us though

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  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #27

    Arshavin & Pandev please, ta!..
    …Running, passing, moving, creating, scoring, winning, laughing!..

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  • Reading Mag

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #28

    Smith will start…this not a time for Kids or Gerimi (dont rate him …slow..)

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #29

    Smith and Butt no ta
    Running, running, running, fouling, fouling, yellow card, red card, free kick, goal for the other team, lose possesion, goal for other team, pass backwards, end of game, cry.

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  • Reading Mag

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #30

    funny man…just start Oba

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  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #31

    LOL!..TT, you were right, y’do have a laugh!..
    …Good one mate!..

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  • CJ

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:30 AM

    Comment #32

    True he say’s what he thinks but he complains about fan’s saying what type of players they would like to see playing for us and he complains about everything. Next week it will prob be the Snickers cost too much at St James.=True

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  • CJ

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #33

    An even worse scenrio Smith on the right wing for 3 weeks i would rather *&*&*&*& Roy Keanes dog.

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  • Leo

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #34

    dont care how much i have to pay for a snickers or burger at half time with my pint but the fact in the sports bar you wait nearly 15minutes in a tiny que to get anything, the guys they hire to work there are near braindead

    plus it has no air conditioning. i tell you in the summer, especially when hungover the heat really gets to you

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  • Reading Mag

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:36 AM

    Comment #35

    Its a marathon – Snickers !!!- think the point is I am aware its a fab site – but we all moan….(Yeap its not good at all at the mo,.) but we need to back them all

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  • CJ

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #36

    Leo just blame Daiv he prob works there.

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  • Reading Mag

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #37

    Leo – you posh fcuker – air con…what

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  • Leo

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #38

    reading mag, if it was in the room downstairs of the bar 1892 it wudnt matter because they are not boiling hot… i might be in with the suits and that but still sing along with all the people on level 7…

    CJ i will be looking at their name tags from now on and just poke fun at them, and if i see daiv i will jump over the counter and give the lad a wedgie haha. only kiddin daiv i hope your not one of those brain dead mofo’s that work behind the bar

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  • CJ

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #39

    Off the subject but does anyone no why Fabio Capello has not been to St James and sems to have been everywhere else even the riverside shit hole how the fcuk did he navagate his way there.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 14, 2008 at 12:45 AM

    Comment #40

    they gave him a free Garmin and it was programme in.

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