Arsenal In For Newcastle Target Andrei Arshavin

The Daily Mail is reporting today that Andrei Arshavin is now a £10M target for Arsene Wenger.


 Andrei Arshavin – on his way to Arsenal?

The Russian play-maker was the star man in his side’s 2-0 win over Sweden on Wednesday, and he seemed to transform the Russian side, after missing the first two games because of suspension.

The 27-year-old scored one excellent goal and was involved in the other, as he inspired the Russians through to the quarter-finals of Euro 2008. They are play Holland on Saturday.

Apparently Wenger has already met with Dick Advocaat, the coach of Zenit St Petersburg, to express the London side’s interest.


Arsene Wenger – brilliant at spotting real football talent 

That’s potentially bad news for Newcastle United, who are said to have already launched a £9M bid for the player. The Tyneside club were also interested in Andrei last January.

Arshavin was part of Zenit St. Petersburg’s UEFA Cup winning side last season, and the Daily Mail says the player has a fixed-price release clause in his contract. He is said to earn around £50K/week at the Russian club, but that seems awfully high to us.

As we reported yesterday, we feel that several top European clubs could now challenge for his signature, but it appears that Arsene Wenger has put himself in prime position, having already made contact with Andrei’s club, prior to his superb display against Sweden.

This will be disappointing to Newcastle fans, with Andrei looking great all last season.

There was news only recently, from Arshavin’s club, that if there were no bids for the player before 20th June, which is today, Andrei would sign a new contract at St. Petersburg.

Perhaps we may even hear something about this today.

Russia’s brilliant coach Guus Hiddink, who had Ruussia looking so good on Wednesday night,  said:

“Arshavin is a player who can decide very fast where he can create danger – he’s a smart player,”

“We play with the concepts that football should be played, like Holland,”

Guus is now set to face his old team Holland on Saturday, in Russia’s first knockout match at a major tournament, since the break-up of the old USSR in 1992.

Comments very welcome.

58 comments so far

  • The Entertainers

    Jun 20, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Nowt to do with the article….but new shirt out

    Not for me

  • 51times

    Jun 20, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #2

    It’s not over yet really, Arsenal don’t like to pay big money. But I think it was always going to be a long shot getting him after the tournament he’s had.

  • Yahya Ahmad

    Jun 20, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    “The Entertainers”
    I was hoping they would change the homekit design aswell because i was looking forward to buy one, but they havent changed!

  • brownrob

    Jun 20, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Personally I think he will go to man U if Ronaldo goes to Real

    Cant see where he would go in Arsenals midfield to be honest

    hleb fabregas rosisky and he will need to get a replacement for flamini, which arshavin isnt!

  • Nobby's Dad

    Jun 20, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    People will come on this blog as they do saying ‘we should have had him signed up etc’.

    They live on another planet! Arshavin is top class and was IMO always going to go to a top side playing in the Champions League. We can offer all we want but sadly until we get into say the top 6 we’re going to miss out on established stars – and Arshavin comes into this category.

  • Pete

    Jun 20, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #6

    Won’t happen. Totally agree not what Arsenal need at the moment they need another Viera. Pure paper talk to boost his price further

  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 20, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Okay, I thought Arsenal has a wage cap of 60k…

    I just don’t see any player on a 50k in Russia would come to the PL for a 10k pay rise. It would be a very bad decision economically.

  • dougnufc

    Jun 20, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

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  • Rupe

    Jun 20, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Sorry but Arshavin’s exactly what Arsenal could do with. The question is, where would Hleb fit in? And the answer is, they’d probably let him leave. Hleb’s great to watch but I don’t know many Arsenal fans who’d miss him that much, he’s all twinkle-toes with little end product. Scores very few goals and doesn’t get many assists either. Yes they could do with a new Vieira/Flamini type but they’d love a new Bergkamp type too…

  • El Tommo

    Jun 20, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #10

    Hleb is going to leave Arsenal, so the suggestion that Arshavin is not needed at Arsenal is wide of the mark. It’s obvious that Arsenal need a little more experience in the side and at 27 he is the right age.


  • El Tommo

    Jun 20, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    Taiwantoon – blimey you really are stupid aren’t you …. if my maths serves me right I make that a salary increase of 10k per week, now I appreciate that Russia is a cheaper place to live than London but not 10k a week more expensive. Of course there is always the possibility that he might want a change of scenery and a new challenge – CL football plus a realistic shot at the PL title, oh and the chance to play alongside some of the best players in the world … ahem … “a very bad decision economically” – loooool what a joker.

  • aaron d

    Jun 20, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #12

    did anyone watch germany last night, thought their DM looked pretty good name was Rolfes i think.

  • Robert from Serbia

    Jun 20, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #13

    good bye Arshavin !!! 🙁

  • Geordie Nick

    Jun 20, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    he will be a replacement for hleb who will go to barcelona

  • 51times

    Jun 20, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Ed, ban this cockney subhuman El Tommo would you please? If I have to be moderated on each post for laughing about a very funny situation 50 years ago, why should they be allowed to post at all?

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 20, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #16

    51 times and El Tommo – behave 😀

  • aaron

    Jun 20, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #17

    sorry toon fans, it looks like we (arsenal) will have nasri, arshavin…plus maybe more. I even heard that Although martins is comitted to your club he has been unsettled by reports newcastle tried to sell him to liverpool for 10 million. is this true??? now his ‘friends’ are saying he likes wenger. do you know that? seems like he is unsettled. why would you try to sell your best striker? makes no sense. i actually hope its not true cus i kinda like newcastle

  • scott9

    Jun 20, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #18

    o well another player we will miss out on perfect replacement for hleb were wud he rather go us or arsenal champions league football n liver n london we cnt compete with them we aint got a chnce lets just hope they cool there intererst

  • Spyro

    Jun 20, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #19

    not going to happen, this is not an arsene wenger buy, and the arsenal fans on here talking crap are just deluded, they should know by now that wenger will not go after someone who will demand both high wages and a high transfer fee unless he is absolutely desperate for him, and considering this “interest” only came about after a good performance by him against sweden i would bet everything i own that arsenal will not go for arshavin and this is just tabloid crap. simple

    as i have said many times, my girlfriend is an avid arsenal supporter and living in london i know many arsenal supporters, and the majority of them have all said to me that this is just nonsense and it wont happen

  • Rupe

    Jun 20, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Arsenal were linked with Arshavin months ago, even before he caught the eye in the latter stagesof the UEFA cup, so it’s not like the rumour’s just come on the back of the Sweden game. Of course, lots of people get linked with Arsenal and if you pick any one of those rumours the chances are that it won’t happen. But Wenger does buy the occasional experienced player and has said that he’s looking for such this summer, so it’s hardly out of the question.

    But yes, if Arshavin decides he’s moving and that his priority is to maximise his salary, then both Newcastle and Arsenal are gonna miss out.

  • Spyro

    Jun 20, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #21

    im telling you, arsenal will not go for him

  • Spyro

    Jun 20, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #22

    in terms of the premiership, this is a battle between everton, man city and nufc…possible tottenham as they like to creep in late sometimes

    either way i cannot see us winning

  • Tom_Toon

    Jun 20, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Evertons highest wage is 45k so he wont go there. Between us, man city, arsenal, chelsea and barcelona.

  • Michael12

    Jun 20, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #24

    I agree, Arshavin has the makings of an Arsenal style player. All those on this forum who say otherwise are simply fantasists. Let us be honest here and stop trying to make ourselves feel good by saying things like, if he knew the Atmosphere here he would choose us over Arsenal.

    Firstly he is 27, the perfect age to need to be challenging in the champions league, not languishing in 15th or 16th spot with a manager bereft of tactical knowledge.

    Look at the prospects:
    – Champions League
    -Competing for the premier league
    – World class manager
    – World class players
    – Located in the capital

    – Possibility of languishing in the bottom half of the table again
    – Kevin Keegan whom Arshavin probably does not know.
    – No Champs League or European football for that matter.

    Arsharvin has just won the Uefa cup, naturally from there you aspire for the champs league not a mid table team in the premier league.

    Guys if you were Arsharvin, forget your loyalties look at his perspective coming into a league not loyal to team. Given the two offers what would you take?

  • Spyro

    Jun 20, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #25

    who said he would choose us over arsenal!? thats just stupid…although aaron spear may beg to differ 😉 anyway im not saying that, im saying arsenal will not go for him and this is just tabloid rubbish

  • Spyro

    Jun 20, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Arsenal just signed Nasri for 12 mill, he can play RM, AM and i have even seen him play as a supporting striker on one occassion. Are they really going to spend another 12 mill on another midfielder/striker??? doubt it

    they are not tottenham, who simply look to sign every player who is hot at the moment

  • rave

    Jun 20, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #27

    TBH i think he suits Arsenal’s playing style very much
    but still fingers cross that we can get him

  • Rupe

    Jun 20, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #28

    Arsenal were a player or 2 short in the attacking/midfield area last year. So I don’t think one out and two in would be so surprising for them over the summer, and I don’t think it’d be surprising if the two in consisted of one younger prospect like Nasri and one more experienced type like Arshavin.

    It ain’t likely that he’ll go to Arsenal but it’s more likely than him coming to Newcastle.

  • faustino

    Jun 20, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Fabregas and Arshavin on the same team. Please god no.

  • Spyro

    Jun 20, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #30

    – retracted statement –

    was maybe a bit uncalled for

  • Spyro

    Jun 20, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #31

    Arsenal midfield:


    can play in midfield:

    van persie

  • Rupe

    Jun 20, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #32

    Well, Hleb and Gilberto might be on their way out. And from what I saw of Denilson, Diaby, Randall, Song, and Eboue last year, the fact that they’re in your list only re-enforces what I said about them being a bit short in that department. Of course, Wenger’s more likely to trust that these players will come good than to splash out on the likes of Arshavin. I’d also bet against Arsenal buying him, but not against them enquiring about him, and certainly not everything I own 🙂

  • Spyro

    Jun 20, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #33

    fair enough. however i would take any one of song, denilson, diaby or randall at nufc as i rate all of them highly and they will develop in to class acts im sure

  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 20, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #34

    El Tommo, you are right! I am quite poor in math. 🙂

    However, this is not about living cost. Life is not all about buying breads in the near by local shop.
    True, 10k per week is certainly a great deal of money for most of us and I am sure it will be enough for Arshavin to pay for his dinner. But what about housing, plane tirket, transportation etc?

    Bear in mind of Arshavin’s age as well, he is 27 and any footballers at this age should be wise enough to know that he won’t have that many chances to have a big pay raise if he miss it this time.

  • Marat18

    Jun 20, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #35

    Apparently Fenerbahce is interested in a swap deal with Zenit. Mateja Kezman + 15 mill euro for Arshavin.
    no chance here for Turkish side imo.

    btw fotomac is the same cource who claimed that Shevchenko will sign for Fener few months ago.

    As i think there are more chances that AA signs for Arsenal than for NUFC.

  • Spyro

    Jun 20, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #36

    i agree arsenal would be his choice, but i cant see arsenal bidding for him, especially if he is priced over 10 million

  • Marat18

    Jun 20, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #37

    it’s not about money here. He could easily knock out better contract from Zenit and Gazprom, but he wants to play in better league.

  • Taiwantoon

    Jun 20, 2008 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Marat18, you are absolute right. What I am trying to say is that, as well as the oppotunity to play in a better league, he is very likely to look for a much greater contract.

  • Davies

    Jun 20, 2008 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #39

    I haven’t read all of the posts here, but it seems to me like El Tommo is a TW@T.

    I think we all knew that we would have a hard time signing Arshavin, we just don’t have enough to offer at the moment. From what I’ve read, it’s likely he’ll still be at Zenit next season.

  • Spyro

    Jun 20, 2008 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #40

    zenit claim arsenal have made no contact to them about it…what a surprise (roll eyes)


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