Arshavin – The Final Chapter
Therefore, Arsene has had enough of the Arshavin saga, and who can blame him. This should have been tied up three weeks ago, but the Russians wanted to flex their power and we were not prepared to increase our offer.
Wenger wants the deal sorted out by tomorrow 3pm. I wonder if Arshavin will be “unveiled” at the Emirates tomorrow that will be a great boost ahead of a tight London derby.
It appears that we have applied for and obtained a work permit for Arshavin. How you can do that on behalf of a player that is not yours, I do not know, but that is football for you. Zenit are doing more and more u-turns by the day. After announcing they will not sell for less that £20m, they then announce a fee was agreed, this was denied by Arsenal and subsequently Zenit claim Arsenal have not agreed a fee!
Quite right Wenger is frustrated with this saga; it may be that he is not happy with the Arsenal team doing the negotiations or with the Russians themselves.
Waht is confusing is that one day Wenger is quoted as saying $the deal is 90% done,”, now he states that it is “10% done,”, well come on Arsene what is it?
He has stated that we have other targets other than Arshavin, and that we have made “serious enquiries but no bid”.
I believe that Wenger will add further players before the transfer window closes on Monday. Wenger might be tempted to accept a bid for Kolo Toure if the bid includes Micah Richards coming to the Emirates plus cash. If Toure is left out tomorrow against West Ham, then expect him to be sold.
Wenger will then use the extra cash to bring in one of his summer transfer targets, Xabi Alonso, Stephen M’Bia or the most likely is Sporting Lisbon midfielder Miguel Veloso. We were close to agreeing a deal for the Portuguese player in August and I will not be surprised if Wenger tried again on Sunday.
Sunday and Monday promise to be long and eventful days at the Emirates in terms of players coming and going.