Zenit manager Luciano Spaletti praises Arshavin

Zenit St. Petersburg manager Luciano Spaletti has spoken of his admiration for Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin and wants him at the club for the next season.

The 31 year old Russian, who spent the second half of the last season on loan at Zenit, seemed to have put his transfer move in jeopardy after his outlash against the Russian fans post their ignominious Euro exit.  Arshavin moved to Arsenal from Zenit in the summer of 2008 but has since failed to adapt to the demands of the English game.

Arsene Wenger has apparently lost out on his patience with the Russian star and is looking to offload him to have more funds for new signings. Zenit manager Luciano Spaletti has been quoted as saying that the club are in the look out for ‘top level’ signings this summer with Porto star Hulk also linked with a move.

Qatari said Al Sadd are also interested in the diminutive Russian but it is likely that Arshavin would prefer to move back to his homeland. Spalletti said: ‘He is one of the players who can strengthen Zenit. When a team win the league by almost 15 points you need to look for players like that.’


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