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Russian international Arshavin joins Arsenal

Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that Russian international midfielder, Andrey Arshavin has joined the Gunners from Zenit St. Petersburg on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.

Arshavin, 27, who played a key part in Zenit’s UEFA Cup winning campaign last season, was also a member of the Russian EURO 2008 squad in which he scored two goals from his three appearances, earning him a place in the ‘Team of the Tournament’.


Manager Arsène Wenger said: “We are delighted to have signed Andrey Arshavin, he is a player I have admired for a long time. He is a versatile player with great experience, who will add real quality to our squad. Andrey is an exciting impact player with a huge amount of ability and has been an influential force with both Zenit St Petersburg and the Russian national team in recent seasons.”

After completing his move to the Gunners, Arshavin said: “I am so happy to be joining Arsenal. They are one of the leading football clubs in the world, with a group of fantastic young players and a great manager. I am looking forward to making the Arsenal supporters happy and helping this great Club win trophies.”

Ivan Gazidis, Chief Executive of Arsenal Football Club added: “Andrey was identified by Arsène as a quality creative player that would add something special to this youthful but talented squad. The Board has always backed the manager with his transfer targets and we are delighted to welcome Andrey to the Club where he will help us to challenge for honours this season.”

Due to his participation in the UEFA Champions League with Zenit St Petersburg this season, Andrey will not be available to play for Arsenal in this competition for the remainder of the 2008/09 season.

Andrey will wear the number 23 shirt.

Dan, dengan demikian, kisah transfer yang berlarut-larut ini pun berakhir. Andrei Arshavin resmi menjadi pemain Arsenal dengan (perkiraan) nilai transfer sebesar 16 juta pounds — sedikit lebih murah dari harga awal yang ditetapkan Zenit St. Petersburg, yakni 20 juta pounds.

Hidup Pak Wenger. Yay! ^^V For another display of kicking capitalism on the ass. :mrgreen:


Tentunya kemudian timbul pertanyaan, di posisi mana Arshavin akan bermain. Pemain yang satu ini punya kemampuan bermain sebagai RMF, CMF, sekaligus SS dan CF.

Saya sendiri memperkirakan dia akan lebih sering dipasang sebagai RMF. Alasannya cukup jelas: Arsenal saat ini kekurangan natural right winger. Semenjak Walcott dan Rosicky cedera, yang harus mengisi posisi ini adalah Eboue — yang aslinya berposisi bek sayap kanan.


Sagna – Gallas – Djourou – Clichy

Arshavin – Denilson – Song/Diaby – Nasri

v. Persie……


Walaupun tentunya ini solusi sementara. Jika Walcott, Rosicky, Fabregas, dan Eduardo sudah kembali bermain, hampir pasti skema ini bakal berubah. 😕

BTW, this (supposed) first team lineup gives me a chill.


Sagna – Gallas – Djourou – Clichy

ArshavinFabregas – Song/Diaby – Walcott

v. Persie……


Arshavin link-up dengan Fabregas dan RvP?

………… :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

(*can’t stop grinning*)

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