Tuesday, 9th August, 2011

Arsenal look set to receive bids for Andrei Arshavin before the transfer window shuts this summer.

Arshavin has attracted interest from his native Russia, with Zenit St. Petersburg preparing to make an offer for their former midfielder schemer. Zenit though will be rivalled by big spending Anzhi Makhachkala, who have themselves just repatriated another Russian – Yuri Zhirkov from Chelsea.

The tricky midfielder is not guaranteed first team football under Arsene Wenger this season and is thought to be well aware that the opportunity to head home will present itself.

Arshavin’s attitude towards this is unknown, but the 30-year-old would be well rewarded if he opted to head east.

Anzhi would be the most lucrative destination for the Russia international, but the emotional pull of returning to Zenit, the club he started his career at and for which he turned out for eight years, is expected to be strong.

Arsenal would be loathe to lose Arshavin if Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, both linked with moves away from the Emirates, confirmed their departures. However, the Gunners are likely to be made a substantial offer for a player who is now 30.

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