Remember when Andrei Arshavin was the hottest transfer target, or at least one of the hottest, in Europe? You remember. Back when he led Zenit St. Petersburg to the UEFA Cup and then followed that up with a great European Championships.
Well that time is fading further into the memory banks and the Russian playmaker STILL hasn't made a move away from Zenit. It looks like he will have to wait until the summer now that a proposed move to Arsenal has fallen apart.
(It looks as though the Arshavin to Arsenal deal has been salvaged and Arshavin is now set to join Arsenal.)
An Zenit spokesman put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Arsenal, which he blamed for trying to low ball but Zenit and Arshavin, who was allegedly offered a contract at half his current salary with Zenit.
"(Arshavin is) getting €3.875 million and the club is offering half," Zenit spokesman Alexie Petrov told the Guardian (UK). "Who would take another job for half the money? Arsenal have been making big waves by saying this would be the big historic transfer in the history of the Gunners. Well, it's bull.
"They thought they could pull this off by saying we are a big club, this is a nice country, all that stuff. But he's not a 16-year-old from Africa. The life in England is more expensive – a car, a house, it's all more expensive in London, and he has to bring his family. He has one kid who is three years old, another who is one year old. It's ridiculous."
The failed talks aren't exactly the way former MLS deputy commissioner Ivan Gazidis wanted to cap his first transfer period as Arsenal's Chief Executive Office. The Gunners currently sit in fifth place in the Premier League, and still haven't found a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who is out with a knee injury.
The team's failure to land Arshavin could ultimately lead to Arsenal missing out on the Champions League next season, a failure that would have serious financial repercussions.
What do you think of all this? Think Arsenal dropped the ball? Do you see Zenit having more blame in all this? Think Gadizis will keep his job at Arsenal?
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