Andrei Arshavin’s agent has suggested that his client is keen on a move to Arsenal.
The Russian international, who emerged as one of Europe’s hottest properties after leading Zenit St Petersburg to UEFA Cup success and impressing for Russia at Euro 2008, has announced his intention to move this summer.
Both Chelsea and Barcelona have been linked with the 27-year-old playmaker, but it appears as though Arsenal are in pole position to secure his services.
“The stable situation in the club and the influence of Arsene Wenger to Arsenal to English football is huge. I think this is an advantage,” Dennis Lachter told
“If Arsenal go for Arshavin it could be really good for both parties. Arsenal is a very young team and Arshavin is 27. There’s something about combining young and older players, they propagate attacking football.”
When asked if Alexander Hleb’s proposed switch to Barcelona would facilitate Arshavin’s move to the Emirates, Lachter said that depended upon Arsene Wenger.
“That question should be to Arsene Wenger and not for me,” he said.
Barcelona have already seen a bid for the Russian turned down by Zenit this summer, although Lachter says Pep Guardiola’s lack of experience as a manager could undermine the Spanish club’s prospects of signing Arshavin.
“Guardiola was an excellent player, but no one knows what kind of a manager he is,” added Lachter.