Andrey Arshavin looks set to stay at Arsenal for the rest of the year with reports circling that he has rejected a deadline day approach from Russian side Dinamo Moscow.
While former club Zenit St Petersburg appear to have opted against offering the 31-year-old a permanent contract, it appears Dan Petrescu’s Dinamo Moscow did approach the midfielder only for him to rebuff their advances.
Speaking this afternoon, the former-Chelsea defender confirmed:
“Yes, I wanted to add this player to the team. But Andrei said no to Dinamo.”
Arshavin has spoken in the past about returning to his homeland, but has stressed on more than one occasion that he would only do so to play for his beloved Zenit.
There have also been suggestions that the diminutive winger is more than happy to stay in England, even if that means sitting on the Arsenal bench, as he’s eager to secure British citizenship for his children.
While Arsenal might well have been happy to have Arshavin off the books from a financial standpoint, Arsene Wenger will likely be pleased that he can call on the Russian should injuries hit later in the season.
It’s worth pointing out that the Russian transfer window does not close until tonight, so this situation could still change…