The future of Arsenal midfielder Andrei Arshavin has been subject of great speculation in recent months with the Russian’s contract coming to an end in just a few months. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has today confirmed that the midfielder is not likely to stay at Arsenal beyond this season. Arshavin was one of the record transfers for Arsenal a few years ago, as the club paid £ 15 million for him. During the initial years, Arshavin managed to establish himself as one of the important players at the club by scoring 22 goals in just two seasons.
However, his form has nosedived in recent seasons and the midfielder was sent out on loan to Russian clubs Zenit St Petersburg last season in a bid to improve his form. Even after the return, he has found first team opportunities limited at Arsenal. This has led to rumours linking him with a move to clubs like Fulham and Reading. Since his contract runs out at the end of the season, he will be able to discuss terms for a free transfer. Wenger expects the midfielder to leave the club since there is no new contract offer on the table.
He also feels that Arshavin would rather play for the club where he would get regular opportunities.
“I don’t think he will stay here, because he doesn’t play enough. He is at the end of his contract at the end of the season, then he will decide what he will do. Arshavin has shown 100% commitment at absolutely every session, he has been an example for everybody. He has been questioned many times about his commitment, but if you saw him every day you would respect him for what he does on a daily basis. He has been absolutely fantastic,” said Arsene Wenger.