Date: 7th February 2012 at 4:45pm
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will be out of action for approximately 8 months after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The 28-year-old Portuguese star is able to play in the attacking midfield role, as well as an emergency winger.

Now the reason why I told you guys where Danny plays is because many Arsenal fans may agree that this is in fact a blessing in disguise and possibly the right time to offload Andrey Arshavin, a player that has seriously dipped in form over the past two years at the Emirates.

As Arshavin is a former Zenit player, the 30-year-old may feel some form of loyalty to the Petersburg team and having been linked with a move to the Russian team in the January window, it could perhaps be time for Arshavin to head back home.

The Russian international was purchased by the Gunners back in 2009 for around £15 million. The fee may have surprised some as we all know Arsene doesn’t like to spend big and sticks to the philosophy of making stars rather than buying them.

Arshavin’s started off his Arsenal career very well; he slotted into the team nicely, looked energetic and a real threat going forward. Arguably his most memorable match was the one in which he bagged all four goals against Liverpool at Anfield in April 2009.

Without a doubt, Arsenal fans welcomed Arshavin to the club with open arms as he was performing to a very high standard with Zenit as well as Russia. As we all know the Premier League can be very difficult to adapt to for any foreign player coming in but, as of late, Arshavin looks a shadow of his former self when he first arrived at London. He has become so poor that several Arsenal fans booed Wenger’s decision to bring him on for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain against Manchester United at the Emirates almost two weeks ago, a game I so happened to be a spectator at. The game resulted in a 2-1 loss for the Gunners and the majority of the fans felt it was due to Wenger’s bizarre decision to replace Chamberlain, who made the assist for Robin van Persie’s goal, for the diminutive Russian.

So as the Russian transfer window doesn’t close until the 23rd of February, there may still be some movement and interest for Arshavin from former club Zenit, and I don’t think many Arsenal fans would mind if this potential deal went through. There is yet to be any confirmation of any real interest from Zenit but, like I said, there is still over two weeks left for a potential deal to occur.

Watch this space.

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