Schalke could be set to end Arsenal striker Andrey Arshavin tenure at The Emirates by making an official bid for the Russian International this January.
Arshavin has long been linked with a move away from Arsenal and it was expected that he would end up back in Russia, however according to the German media it is Schalke that have jumped to the head of the queue and the most likely to make the first official bid for the 30 year old.
The 2006 Russian footballer of the year is a versatile attacking midfielder who can also play as a second striker. Arshavin gained international attention during his breakthrough performance at the UEFA Euro 2008 championship in Austria-Switzerland which resulted in his inclusion in the Team of the Tournament.
Signing for Arsenal in 2009, Arshavin enjoyed a successful start to his career with the Gunners, becoming Premier League Player of the Month in April 2009 and Arsenal’s player of the month in March and April 2009. During the 2008–09 season, he scored six goals in 12 league appearances for Arsenal. In a match against Liverpool, Arshavin became the first player to score four league goals at Anfield since 1946. Shortly after his transfer to the club, former Arsenal forward Dennis Bergkamp speculated that Arshavin has “every chance of becoming a favourite of the London fans”.
Since then Arshavin has not performed at the highest level for Arsenal and despite the comments of Bergkamp Arshavin has not become a fans favourite and it is very likely that the Arsenal faithful will be happy to see the back of Arshavin.