Arshavin signing now confirmed

The man is finally here

The man is finally here

By Randy Osae

At last, the wanted man has arrived.

Andrei Arshavin has completed his move to Arsenal from Zenit St. Petersburg and penned a 3-and-half-year contract at the Emirates Stadium.

Any follower of January’s biggest transfer soap-opera can not be denied a sigh of relief after numerous twist and turns had stalled this sensational capture.

Arshavin comes as an accomplished Russian veteran, whose career at Zenit had been lavishly decorated – scoring 51 goals in a total of 232 games and won several domestic trophies in Russia, including a recent UEFA Cup and European Super Cup triumph with his side.

The 27-year-old though, will NOT be eligible to participate in Arsenal’s European matches for the remainder of this season, due to his involvement with Zenit earlier in this season’s Champions League which leaves him cup-tied on UEFA rules.

In the traditional welcoming of Arsenal’s new ace, the manager and player himself expressed delight.

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.”

New signing Andrei 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.”


17 comments on “Arshavin signing now confirmed

  1. Randy,
    Good job on the jersey,could’ve sworn it was for 4real

  2. Cool – lets hope his skills can transfere across

  3. u can tell it not real coz da head is different colour 2 nek if u luk closely. still a good pic though.

  4. cant we find another topic other than arshavin?

    LET’S GO THERE!!!!!!!

  6. The final cornfirmation is worth the waiting considering we’d waited since the transfer window opens. But what the heck is holding the FA from confirming the deal?

  7. cool, cant wait to see him against totenham on sunday, spectacular move by the gunners, now we’ll see some good football!

  8. its far from confirmed so y post this?

  9. perfect time to sign ashravin.
    i hope he plays against spurs replacing diaby.

  10. Let the season begin gunners

  11. 21.2 MILLION EUROS!
    he’s not worth it according to me.

  12. Namit, we did not pay that much for him. I believe we paid 12m pounds cuz any transfer over 12m BP has to be disclosed from what I understand

  13. Randy what happened to my avie?????????

  14. it is believed we broke our transfer record buying him turns out our transfer record is 12 mil stingy wenger

  15. Citygunner – no one has an avie on this blog…sorry.

    You will have to stick with the cartoon ones…LOL. Or I can assign “monster faces” ones then.

    And cheers about the plaudits on the jersey # report. My personal sources are always trustworthy. This site never deludes.

  16. I tell you what I just got excited thinking about our future. I think AW did the right thing in bringing this lad on. I don’t think this is our year but look out the next two to three years.

    As much as I hate to say not making the CL next year wont kill us. THese lads aren’t going to leave. They all believe in what AW has built and they all want to stick around to finish their goal. I think in two years everyone will be singing the praises of AW and what an amazing job he has done. He is top notch and builts teams, he doesn’t purchase them. Keep up the good work Arsene, now lets go out and smash the spurs and get a much needed W before out game with Roma.

    Come on you Gunners.

  17. I am not an arsenal fan at all, I am a big football fan. bring on the transfer market.

    Good Luck

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