Andrei Arshavin had a good game last night in the UEFA Cup Final, but we have no idea if Kevin rates the player.
Andrei Arshavin – is Keegan interested?
We have covered the Russian captain quite a lot on this web site, and it was thought that Sam Allardyce was ready to sign him for Â£8M in January, before he got the sack.
But when Kevin came in, we’re sure he was informed of the players that Sam was thinking of at that time, but Kevin elected not to bring anybody into the club, apart from free agent Lamine Diatta. The club announced yesterday they will not be extending Diatta’s contract past the summer.
And since Kevin came there hasn’t been much news that we are still interested in Andrei, who we’ve always thought would be a great buy for Newcastle.
Andrei has already talked about Newcastle’s interest back in January, and he said he would be very willing to join the Newcastle club, at that time.
Whether that will still be true is not known, but of course we cannot offer him any European football next season, but his wages will be improved if he joins Newcastle, and he will be playing in the best league in the world, so that may be persuasive to the Russian, who turns 27 on May 29th.
Zenit St Petersburg coach Dick Advocaat has said he’s set to lose Andriy Arshavin.
Manchester City have been reported as having already bid for the Russian international, and Advocaat said after lifting the UEFA Cup last night:
“That will happen, I have no doubts about that and we will have to start again.”
“That is the problem if you become successful – such as happened with Skrtel sold to Liverpool. We have to keep those players to become a better team.”
“It’s not only Arshavin – other players also who are very important for this team – and we need to try to buy three or four others to make the squad better and rotate a little bit.”
“Only 12 or 13 players played in almost all the games and that’s difficult.”
Manchester City are in turmoil right now, so we really hope Newcastle are interested in this player, and put in a bid, since we believe Andrei would come to Newcastle.
Arshavin is a talented player with terrific pace, and last year he was named Russiaâ€™s Player of the Year.
Andrei was born in May of 1981 in Saint Petersburg, (then called Leningrad) and is a top player for Russian Premier League team Zenit St. Petersburg, who won the UEFA Cup last night at Manchester’s Old Trafford, by beating Glasgow Rangers 2-0.
He has captained the Russian side, in their successful quest for European qualification under manager Guus Hiddink, which included a win over England in Russia.
Arshavin has played for his club side Zenith 214 times and scored 47 goals since making his debut back in 2000, and he has played for Russia 33 times and scored 10 goals since making his debut for his country in 2002.
He stands just short of 5â€² 8â€ tall and is a versatile player in the attacking mold and can play in midfield or up front.
What do you think?