Arshavin open to Spurs switch

Arsenal forward Andriy Arshavin has revealed he would have signed for the Gunners' arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur last summer if the decision had been down to him.

The 28-year-old completed a £15 million move from Zenit St Petersburg to the Emirates Stadium in February in one of the longest-running transfer sagas of the winter.

And the diminutive playmaker has made an explosive start to his Premier League career, bagging six goals and seven assists in 12 league appearances last season, as well as scoring a further five goals already in 2009/10.

Both Barcelona and Spurs were reportedly keen on acquiring the Russian international 12 month's ago following his impressive performances at the 2008 European Championships - helping Guus Hiddink's side reach the semi-finals.

And Arshavin has admitted that he was open to a move to both the Camp Nou and White Hart Lane, but was denied a move to either by Zenit's refusal to agree terms with the clubs.

“I was not against a move to Tottenham,” he said in the Daily Mail.

"If it was down to just me to reach an agreement, the move could have taken place."