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Arshavin Moves Closer to Arsenal and is the Sell Off Beginning at West Ham United

So Andrei Arshavin is starting to make loud noises about his future, and it doesn’t look like playing in Russia is a part of it.  He’s telling Zenit St. Petersburg that if he has to, he’ll buy out his contract (this is the only link that is currently available, the Telegraph also reported the same this morning, before updating their story) in order to move. We’re also seeing rumblings that he’s already in London seeing the Arsenal sights, while the negotiations begin over the transfer fee. While 20 million seems a bit much for someone who is more or less demanding to be sold, I don’t blame Zenit for this ploy to start, knowing they will settle for less to just be rid of a headache.

I don’t know what to make of this whole situation. On the one hand, Arsene Wenger needs someone in the absence of Cesc Fabregas while on the other, what does Wenger do once Fabregas is back. Knowing this, Zenit should hold Arsenal over the coals to get what they feel is right for a player under contract to them. The other thing that I wonder about is does Arshavin become surplus requirements to the Arsenal squad once Fabregas does come back? If that happens, how long before Arsenal are dealing with the same antics that got him in the first place.

The other story that has caught my interest is are we starting to see the sell off at West Ham United?  We all know about the alleged financial difficulties West Ham’s owner are having, and we also know about the comments from Zola about selling the surplus. My question to that is, are Calum Davenport and Matthew Etherington really surplus requirements to West Ham United’s squad? The proposed seven million those two will bring doesn’t seem like the right valuation. Then add Scott Parker to that mix that looks to be a 12 million pound transfer to Manchester City makes me wonder if West Ham United are trying to gut their squad. But at the same time, there is talk about bringing in Savio Nsereko. Being an under 19 makes me think he’s probably another year from really cracking the starting 11 on a consistent basis.

I understand Zola wants to keep his core of Craig Bellamy, Matthew Upson and Scott Parker together, and really only one of those three look to be on the chopping block.  I also understand that West Ham do have surplus that they do need to get rid of. I just wonder if the balance they are looking for is the balance that is going to be needed going into the future.

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  1. ls7

    January 8, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Well…I still don't understand it but looks like I was completely off-base about Etherington. He is poised for a move to Stoke. It has to be a money-driven move for both West Ham and Etherington. It doesn't make sense from any other standpoint.

  2. ls7

    January 7, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I think the impending sale of West Ham makes them an easy target for rumours. I don't think you'll see Davenport or Etherington move but one of the higher salaried players like Bellamy might move just to get the wages under control. What is the story going around…that they are spending a million pounds per month on salary?

  3. Grunthos

    January 7, 2009 at 8:23 am

    Despite the poor grace of the first two comments, their observation remains accurate: the idea that Arsenal have too many midfield talents to accommodate Arshavin is frankly silly. And that Wenger wouldn't even be bothering with Arshavin if Fabregas didn't get hurt speaks poorly of Wenger's judgment. Does Arsene want to remain in the Big 4, competing for the title every year as well as the CL? Then he's going to need another striker, another midfielder, and at least one more defender *in addition to* the players he already has.

  4. Johnathan Starling

    January 7, 2009 at 7:27 am

    What I find funny is the fact that you two don't get it. Wenger wouldn't even be bothering with Arshavin if Fabregas didn't get hurt. So yes the two are related.

    And Jay, if this was MY site, your comment would have been pulled. If you can't state your position without the need for personal insults, do yourself a favor and not open your mouth at all.

  5. Jay

    January 7, 2009 at 12:36 am

    You are a moron, your football IQ is equal to that of Forrest Gump,
    and i should apologize to the frictional character to compare you to him.
    Arshavin and fabregas doesn't play the same position you retard.
    he is more of a second striker/ and possibly a winger.
    But hey I will just make sure not to visit your site again i just lost a few brain cell idiot.

  6. rpww

    January 7, 2009 at 12:15 am

    What does Arshavin and Fabregas have in commen, you tool?!? You'd better read some info about Arshavin and the positions he plays!! Wenger is preparing him to be winger/second striker and NOT a central midfielder, which Arshavin NEVER was and NEVER would be!

    At this time the best bet is that Arshavin will play as right winger/midfielder ahead of Eboue in the absence of Walcott and he'll bring much needed speed and width to the team..

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