Arsenal in talks over Russian ace Arshavin

Zenit St Petersburg have confirmed that talks are taking place with Arsenal over a possible deal for Russian playmaker Andrei Arshavin. The Russia international has been pining over a move to a major European club ever since Euro 2008, when his virtuoso performances helped his country reach the semi-final stage where they were beaten by eventual winners Spain.

Arsenal's London rivals Tottenham and Spanish league leaders Barcelona were strongly linked with the diminutive midfielder's signature immiediately after the tournament. However, a move failed to materialise and it is a January switch to the Emirates that now appears the most likely outcome, particularly with Gunners' captain Cesc Fabregas sidelined for several months with a knee injury. Zenit are demanding around £20 million for Arshavin. However, manager Arsene Wenger, notoriously reluctant to shell out huge sums of money on individual players, will be keen on landing the 27-year-old for a much smaller fee.

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