Arshavin Shines In Cup Final – Is Keegan Interested?

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 £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 Russia’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 5′ 8” tall and is a versatile player in the attacking mold and can play in midfield or up front.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

79 comments so far

  • James

    May 15, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Diatta was released by us yesterday. So we basically paid his wages for several months without ever playing him —something fishy there.

    As for Arshavin – very good player but would cost more than £8 million now, and I think KK is looking elsewhere…Veloso. Mainly because Arshavan only has 18 months of good football left in him.

  • John

    May 15, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #2

    would be an amazing signing..And from what Advocaat has said he is leaving..So hopefully we are in the running fo him..

  • Punk Skunk

    May 15, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Would love this guy playin’ for us, but i can’t see it, no euro football, pity!..
    …Well, y’never know i guess!?!..

    …Possibly the new ‘Pedro!’..

  • KKK

    May 15, 2008 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #4

    There is no doubt Keegan will try his best to sign Arshavin, he is basically Modric but 5 years older. But he will have a tough job convincing Arshavin that Newcastle is the place for him as so many other clubs will probably be offering him European football next season. I think with his performance last night Zenit will be wanting 12m+ for him.

  • Leo

    May 15, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #5

    PLEASE arshavin has much more than 18months worth of football he is only 27

    lightening quick amazing user of the ball too

  • GM

    May 15, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Top signing if we can get him, agree with other posts previously that if we were going to pay £16mil for modick than throw the cash at Zenit and give him nice big wages. I think he could be a start for us.

    @James – what do you mean he only has 18months of good football left ? he is only 27 isnt he?

  • Kash2

    May 15, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Apparently Man City have made an offer of £10m for him, and Dick Advocaat admitted last night that he’s definitely leaving Zenit.

    I really hope we sign this guy as he was immense when he got the opportunity to get imbetween the midfield and the defence. He was so dangerous when playing in behind the striker. He was sort of isolated on the wing though!

  • Kash2

    May 15, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    However, I wouldn’t be surprised if he goes to Arsenal considering Hleb is leaving!

  • TomPoon

    May 15, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Looked fantastic last night (Better than Modric IMO)

    Would love us to sign him, but I think he will realistically goto Arsenal to replace Hleb

  • Ed Harrison

    May 15, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Kash2 – I updated the article on the Man City bid and what Advacaat said last night

  • James

    May 15, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #11

    GM – it’s mainly a reference to the amount of games he misses from suspensions for both club and country. He tackles like Scholes and often gets sent off. Could see him and Barton getting on wonderfully…..

    But I expect Russia to do very well at the Euros in which case his price will go through the roof. If KK wants him he has to get him now.

  • HeronMag

    May 15, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    The question is ‘Is Keegan Interested?’.

    I hope so. Arshavin came out openly when Allardyce was tracking him and said Newcastle would be an attractive idea. Europe is a big pull for a player like Arshavin, but the Premiership has it’s own allure. I don’t think the lack of European competition will mean too much. I think Keegan could persuade him if he wanted to.

  • Graeme

    May 15, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Can Smith speak Russian by any chance???

    Ashavin is a far better midfield player than anything we have at SJP and would be a great improvement to the team. Could we not swap him for Emre and some cash??? Even Emre Smith and cash lol

  • figsdad

    May 15, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    imagine big sam getting hold of him here and turning him into shola…

    its frighting..

    waits for spurs to be intrested…

  • KKK

    May 15, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #15

    To think when Allardyce arrived he maybe could have bought Arshavin instead of Smith. Oh what could have been…..

  • James

    May 15, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Graeme – we don’t have any players that we could swap him for. So to beat off the competition he would cost around £14 million I reckon. I’d love to get him if we can but not at the expense of Veloso who is a superstar in the making

  • Rich

    May 15, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #17

    18 months of good football, im sure hes 26 coming 27 soon, so 3 year contract would be awesome

  • emantoon

    May 15, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #18

    is KK reading this blog?

    coz i think lots of the geordies want their opinion to be heard here!

    some of the thought are a very good one, n the ever-committed ed posts about 5 articles daily just about magpies. i even refer to this blog to know latest info about newcastle.

    we comment a lot here.. n hopefully someone at the management especially MA read this blog!

  • Nobby's dad

    May 15, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #19

    Sad news today about the death of the Celtic great Tommy Burns.

    When he came to the Toon as coach under Dalglish having been at Celtic as manager it’s well document that he told Dalglish to sign Di Canio from Celtic. Kenny chose to disregard this advice. Very sad as Di Canio would have been a Toon legend if he’d come.

  • Graeme

    May 15, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #20

    James, I know that, hence the lol.

    Would love to see him play in Black and White and if we then buy that little known CF spuds are chasing, some foreign guy by the name of Eto’o, we would probably have a half decent squad to pick from!!!

    I wish!!!!


    May 15, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #21

    No but Dalglish did sign Andreas Andersson, Ian Rush and Jon Dahl Tommasson so Di Canio wasnt needed as we were well stocked up front even with Shearer injured and Tino, Beardo and Les all sold on.

    Nice one Kenneth

  • Spyro

    May 15, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #22

    we missed our chance to get him, the board were too cheap in January. Zenit are now in the Champions League next year and are UEFA Cup winners this year. I cant see him coming to us now, and anyway he would cost around double of what he would have before

    unless something has been agreed in private since january maybe?

  • James

    May 15, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #23

    Graeme – From all the reports in Portugal we have already bid for Veloso and he’s supposed to making a decision this weekend. Only if he turns us down will KK go for Arshavan. Personally I’d like both.

    As for ETO’O, I wouldn’t be surprised if Manure go for him. He’s everything they need.

    The frustrating position we are in as a club is that we can now afford anybody in world football and finacially compete with any team in the bidding….but we can’t offer european football which is a huge factor in getting players these days.

  • Mehzeb

    May 15, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #24

    Arshavin is class. He would be a quality signing if we can get him. For Pete’s sake, if we were going to pay 16m for Look-a More-Dick, then why not 10m on Arshavin?

  • Graeme

    May 15, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #25

    James, I would quite happily settle for Veloso, he’s a fine player.

    As you say, theoreticaly, we can afford to go for anyone; unfortunately the reality is not quite the same. I dont think that will stop KK trying to get the best he possibly can.

    For Sammy Eto’o though, I would bust the bank. I think he will score goals for fun in the Premiership, an amazing talent.

  • Spyro

    May 15, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #26

    I have watched Barcelona a fair amount in the last three or so years and ETO’O would be an AVERAGE signing for Tottenham or Man U, he has everything they don’t want, over sized ego and a money grabbing mentality. Add to that he just isn’t that good any more and cant pass to save his life. He is too predictable and his strength would equal to nothing over here when playing against some decent defenders. Just remember the match against Man U in the Champions League if you don’t watch Barca much, he was arguably Barcelona’s most ineffective player out of the two legs.

  • Spyro

    May 15, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #27

    Veloso and Arshavin are nothing alike so i do not know why you say we will only go after one of the two

  • leather

    May 15, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #28

    Could be a great signing, but Zenit don’t need the money. It would have to be instigated by the player.

  • KKK

    May 15, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #29
  • James

    May 15, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #30

    Arshavan is going to leave the club – the manager has already said the player wants to leave.

    Spyro – financially is what I mean, it would cost close to £30 million to get both players, and I’m not sure the board would spend that on players that have never played in the PL. I think it would be one or the other….but of course I hope I’m wrong and we buy both…along with DIEGO!

  • Davey G

    May 15, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #31

    First of all my condolences to Mrs Burns and all of Tommy Burns Family. .A legend at Celtic and not a bad coach of NUFC from what I have heard from people who know!!!

    Arshavin, undoubtedly an excellent player and showed his class in the second half last night against the gers!! IMO opinion, he is a better player than Modric, and if we could get him for less than we offered for Modric this would be a great piece of business, its all ifs and buts!!

    The worrying thing is the silence coming from the club at the minute…..can we afford these players?? Do we want these types of players?? are we active in the market or are we resting on our withered laurels and just watching how things go!! Now would be the time to act as the Euro champs is coming up and any particular european targets have the potential to have their values soar!!

    I would also like us to try for players like Eto’o, huntelaar etc etc. Even if they dont sign, at least we have tried!!!!!!

  • Spyro

    May 15, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #32

    fair enough James, i think Arshavin would cost around 10million now, where as if we got him in January we could have got them down from 6million to 5.5million or something. I hope this isn’t another case of Newcastle missing a good opportunity. Arshavin is a decent player. He is nowhere near as good as many on here rate him but he would be a good signing all the same.

  • Arshavin4Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #33

    Arshavin is the best reachable and affordable player available for NUFC at the moment and he offers everything we need upfront: skill, pace, goals, creativity, workrate and versatility. if we can get only one player this summer he’s gonna be Arshavin. willing to give away anyone in our current squad for him, except Oba

  • KKK

    May 15, 2008 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #34

    Davey G – i wouldn’t believe for one second that KK and the crew are inactive in the transfer market especially after the Modric episode. The silence could well be a blessing in disguise and I genuinely think we will have a new signing by this time next week be it Gomis, Veloso, Arshavin, etc. Fingers crossed!

  • Bill F

    May 15, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #35

    I’m amazed that no one has mentioned Tymoschuck, he was immense in central defence last night for Zenit. Best player on the pitch for me. Love to see him come to us along with Arshavin and perhaps the RB
    Anyo.. something. (can’t remember full name). Best player for Rangers was the defender who was substituted (can’t remember his name either, it’s not an age thing I have always been the same)

  • Micky Toon

    May 15, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Let’s all not get too excited about the performace of players last night. Remember it was against Rangers, who would be relegation fodder if they were in the PL. Ashavin is a decent player, but he’s not the solution to all of our woes. I’d like to see us sign a quality LB and RB before we sign anywhere else. Then a defensive midfielder in the David Batty in his prime mould plus Ashavin or a similar creative center midfielder would be good.
    We would then have a rock solid spine of the team to build upon with Harper/Given, new CB, new DFM and Owen/Oba up front.

  • Mson

    May 15, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #38

    sign Anatoliy Tymoschuk too from Zenit!!

    One of the best DMs i have seen in a long time. was brilliant i matches vs munich and was very good in final (had same rating as MoM arshavin)

    EDIT: apperently he was signed last year for 15m euro to zenit

  • Toon_Ksk

    May 15, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #39


  • Bill F

    May 15, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #40

    Err Mickey, Zenit have done the same to every top team they have come up against in their procession to the final including a world class Bayern team. To say that Rangers were rubbish is a bit harsh, I think any team would have found them hard to break down last night.


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