Posted on Friday, 3rd February 2012 by Tony Merakli
Out-of-favour forward Andrey Arshavin wants to remain at Arsenal despite being linked with a move to mega-rich Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, according to the playmaker’s agent.
The 30-year-old diminutive Russian has been heavily linked with Anzhi recently, with many reports claiming ‘preliminary talks’ had taken place between the player and the big-spenders.
Arshavin, who has also attracted interest from Lazio and former club Zenit in recent weeks, appears despondent at the Emirates after being benched for the majority of the season and Anzhi are keen to offer the attacking midfielder an escape route out of north London.
With the Russian skipper not on form, looking disinterested and turning 31 in late May, a move to Anzhi, under the management of Roberto Carlos and Samuel Eto’o within their ranks, looked highly likely to ensue. However, Arshavin’s agent, Phil Smith, has dismissed reports linking his client with a move away from the Emirates, insisting the Russian wants to prove his doubters and critics wrong:
‘The Russia window lasts until February 24th and a guy representing Anzhi has made a tentative approach. But Andrey is not going to talk to the Russians because he doesn’t want to leave and Arsenal don’t want him to go, either.
‘He still feels he has a lot to do at Arsenal. He wants to win something, fulfil his ambitions and recover his form both for Arsenal and ahead of the European Championships.’
I for one will be backing Andrey to come good, not booing or running him down as many have done. He is a very talented footballer, but one that clearly lacks confidence, so giving him more aggro will only make him play worse. Hopefully his self-assurance will return sooner rather than later and we’ll see the Arshavin of 2009 back in full force. However, this will only occur if he gets the games, the backing and support of both Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal faithful.
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