by Zain Shahid
The day started with seemingly good news for Gooners. Reports suggested that Zenit have agreed to sell Arshavin to Arsenal for £15m, which was to be received in installments over two years. Then later a Russian TV Channel also gave the breaking news that the two clubs have finally reached a deal. But soon after this breakout of news, Zenit Radio rubbished it all claiming that Arsenal’s improved bid of £15m has also been rejected by Zenit. However, they say negotiations still continue. Ivan Glazidis and Ken Friar are still in St. Petersburg. Arsene Wenger knows Arsenal need him badly so he is going all out after him. He has now even indirectly admitted that Arshavin is the only player they will buy if they buy someone. But there has been some bad news quoted by Peter Hill-Wood (though I am not sure of its authenticity). He said:
“This is our final offer. We do not intend to continue to raise the sum. If we do not purchase Arshavin, then so be it.”
Arsene Wenger too has been making comments so as to making Gooners ready for the bad news if Arshavin is not signed. He said:
“You have to accept that in the transfer market, sometimes you go for a player and that sometimes it happens, and sometimes it doesn’t happen. But I am very happy with the squad I have and will only add someone who can give us something special. For the rest I have good players and believe strongly in them. Should we not get what we want, we will accept it as well because I believe we are strong enough with what we have. We are not close to signing anybody else, but what I see in training is a very determined team of top quality.”
Sounds fishy doesn’t it? It’s as if he has accepted that Arsenal might not be able to get Arshavin. I am suddenly losing hope on Arshavin now. It now seems it will be a tranfer-less January for Arsenal (excluding the loan moves).
But for the optimistic Gooners, notice that the claim by Zenit radio is not an official statement. So officially the bid has not been rejected yet. Lets have high hopes then:D