Andrei Arshavin has rejected the offer of a new contract reportedly worth £3.9m per annum from Zenit St Petersburg which has brought forth some interesting comments from Dennis Lakhter, euphemistically described as a club ‘spokesman’,
Arsene Wenger is a cunning fox. In the morning he says Arshavin will play all the time at his club and during the day he says he doubts the capabilities of Andrei to play three games in a row at the highest level
The doubts arose after the semi-final of Euro2008 when he was shackled effectively by the Spanish midfield and defence. Despite this, Zenit claim that Arsenal have been the ‘most active’ of Arshavin’s pursuers. We shall see.
Presumably much will depend on whether or not Adebayor stays or goes. Milan are out of the running, their pot of Euros on the fridge is not quite big enough to house the £35m that Arsenal are said to want according to Rent-A-Quote, Adriano Galliani,
There are continuous requests for Adebayor, but Arsenal are demanding £35m and that is impossible for clubs in Italy. That’s why the top footballers in the world don’t come here anymore. When big clubs like Barcelona and Chelsea arrive it is impossible to compete because they are in a very advantageous fiscal situation
Which is a polite way of saying that the Italians are on a canoeing holiday in a well-known river without any method of propelling themselves forwards when it comes to money
The same is true of Barcelona to a lesser extent, with Berguistain admitting that selling players will fund new purchases although to what extent that is true remains to be seen. Mark Ingla returned to Barcelona having failed with a £24m bid for Adebayor although an improvement to that bid is expected. Hleb meanwhile is in the same boat, refusing to make a written transfer request which makes it easier for Arsenal to pick the Catalan’s pockets on his sale as well.
Adebayor meanwhile has not yet signed a new deal which is believed to be £45k per week, about £75k lower than was mooted as being his desired salary at the weekend. If he read the reports of Cesc’s new £5m flat near Hampstead, he will no doubt be even more assertive in his desire to get a six-figure weekly salary. But hey, when Stephane Courbis says this wrangle is not about money, who are we to disagree other than to ask the question, If it isn’t about money, why was your client continuously banging on about it at the weekend?
Options are running out for Miguel Veloso as Juventus have apparently found that their pot of Euros on the fridge doesn’t contain enough for Xabi Alonso and Veloso. Hardly surprising given that they are the same sort of player. Veloso probably won’t be coming to Arsenal either, purely on the basis that speculation is linking him to the club.
One curious thing that perhaps someone could explain to me is how the hell Kanu is rated the thirteenth best player in the clubs history? I would have said that he was pushing the Top 30 to be honest, somewhere between 49th and 50th best. It is indeed a curious list that has come together. I guess that the top ten will be something like Adams, Henry, Bergkamp, Fabregas, Seaman, Brady, Ljungberg, Vieira, Toure and Theo Walcott as the No.1.
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