Arshavin; bye bye in February?

Hello, folks.

News is currently spewing out in every direction regarding the imminent departure of our diminutive Russian trickster, Andrey Arshavin.

Even though it’s the middle of February, there’s a fairly important game coming up on Sunday and we are notoriously prone to suffering injuries, a deal appears to have been struck with his former club, Zenit St Petersburg, that would see him return on loan until the summer. No official confirmation from either club, or Arshavin himself, has yet been released. The deadline for completion is 9pm GMT this evening, but as things stand, it looks certain to go ahead.

Whilst none of us can know the details that stay behind closed doors at Arsenal, allowing him to leave now does appear foolish. Yes, his form of late is nothing short of woeful, but, as the victory at Sunderland proved, he has the capability to provide a moment of inspiration from nowhere.

I’ve always liked the little guy. I think it’s a shame it’s come to this position when he initially showed the kind of form that had me thinking he’d be a club legend. Perhaps playing for the reserves during the week was the final ignominy, maybe he’s homesick and just wants to go home. Whatever the reasoning, losing a player – one of the few with a genuine talent for the unexpected – in the middle of February smacks more of a financial decision than a football one.

Thanks for reading you beautiful bastards. What’s been your favourite Arshavin moment? Let me know in the comments and keep up with the latest on my Twitter account – @_ArmchairGooner.

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