Arshavin's stock rose heavily after his brilliant play in last summer's Euros. Following the tournament he was linked to teams all over Europe including Tottenham and Barcelona, the latter being Arshavin's dream move. His flashy play has not been limited to the Euros where he tore up the Netherlands, but he also led Zenit to the UEFA Cup title last year, beating German giants Bayern Munich along the way.
In 238 games at Zenit, Arshavin maintains a strong goal record, netting 56 goals, and scored in more than a third of his 41 caps for Russia, including two at the Euros. His goal scoring ability does not tell the whole story of Arshavin, as it is his ability to make things happen on the pitch, and his pace with the ball his foot that makes him the great player he truly is.
He fits in well with Arsenal, adding yet another quick footed attacker and hopefully for Arsenal, will provide help for Emmanuel Adebayor after the crucial injuries to Theo Walcott, and skipper Cesc Fabregas.
The deal is close to being to completed, but it still needs the financial backing of the Russian forward, as Arshavin's contractual demands are the only obstacle holding up the transfer.
Arsene Wenger remains optimistic over the deal to get done within the month's transfer window. Should the deal get done, Arsenal will need Arshavin to perform to the level he showed in the Euros to overcome Aston Villa's three point advantage for the Champion's League final spot from the Premiership.
"The fundamental understanding over the transfer of the player has been achieved between the clubs," read a statement on Zenit's official website. "At the moment the basic obstacle in realising the transaction is Andrei Arshavin's personal requirements."
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