Andrey Arshavin Set To Leave Arsenal And Join Rivals Chelsea In The Summer

Posted by admin on Sunday, 23 January 2011

Andrey Arshavin is set to leave Arsenal in the summer, with Chelsea lining up an offer for the midfielder as they look to reunite Russia's successful 2018 World Cup bid duo of Arshavin and Roman Abramovich – according to a report in The News of the World.

The Russian playmaker has recently been linked with a move away from the Emirates, as he is reportedly unhappy at the club.

Despite contributing seven goals in all competitions this term and leading the way with assists, Arshavin has been going through an indifferent spell of form, and has been dropped to the bench in recent weeks.

His situation is said to be pushing the winger to contemplate a move to Arsenal's rivals Chelsea, particularly as Blues owner Abramovich has formed a solid relationship with Arshavin after the pair worked together successfully on Russia’s 2018 World Cup bid.

However, Chelsea will have to compete for his signature. Arshavin’s former club Zenit St Petersburg claimed last week that the door will always be open for his return to the club whom he helped guide to domestic and Uefa Cup glory.

With less than 18 months left on his current contract and his 30th birthday approaching, it is speculated that it would cost around £10 million to acquire the Russian’s services.