Reigning Russian Premier League champions Zenit St Petersburg have admitted an interest for wantaway Arsenal winger Andrei Arshavin, who they had on loan for the second half of the previous season.
The news should come as music to the ears of Gunners’ manager Arsene Wenger, who sees no value for Arshavin in his Arsenal side, and is trying to find a suitor for the 31-year old.
Arshavin, who progressed through the youth levels at Zenit before moving to the Emirates in 2009, played 11 times for the Russian club after returning to the Petrovsky Stadium on loan in January this year, with the club’s Italian manager Luciano Spaletti suggesting that the Russian skipper’s arrival would make the side stronger than they already are.
“He is one of the players who can strengthen Zenit,” said Spaletti. “When a team win the league by almost 15 points you need to look for players like that.”
Zenit however are not the only club chasing Arshavin, with Qatari club Al-Sadd also keen on acquiring the Russian international.
Spaletti is also said to be keeping tabs on Manchester United winger Nani and Porto forward Hulk, as Zenit look to sign a couple of ‘top-level’ players to help them progress in the Champions League.