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ZENIT WANT ARSHAVIN

The Russian club Zenit St Petersburg have said that they will be looking at the possibility of signing the Arsenal winger Andrei Arshavin. The Arsenal winger spent the last six months on a loan deal after the Russian club after falling out of favour with the manager Arsene Wenger. However, he has impressed sufficiently in his loan spell and he has been recalled by his parent club. He has only one season left on his current deal and there has been no indication that Arsenal will be willing to extend the deal. As a result, Zenit St Petersburg have returned with an offer of £ 10 million for the Russian captain.

The Russian club previously indicated that they would not be interested in signing the player on a permanent basis, but it seems that they have been impressed by the six months spent by the player at the club to even consider signing him on a permanent basis. Andrei Arshavin came close to losing his place as the captain of the Russian national team, but was retained by the new manager Fabio Capello after he accepted his apology. The 31-year-old was one of the stars of the Euro 2008 for the Russian national team.

Arsenal are also not showing a lot of interest in retaining the player due to the recent form. However, he was a late substitute in the match against Sunderland on the opening day of the season. Despite his arrival, Arsenal could not break the deadlock and the match finished as a 0-0 draw. The officials from the Russian club have flown into London in order to hold talks with the player and also the club. They believe that an offer of £ 10 million will be enough to persuade Arsenal to sell the player.