After a disappointing fifth placed finish in the RPL, there could be an exodus from Zenit St Petersburg this January. Leading the way will surely be their talisman Andrei Arshavin. His agent, Denis Lachter said this week that the player and club have reached an understanding that it is team for him to move on – with Arsenal and Spurs said to be circling.
But isn’t the most obvious move to another London club? Arshavin has made clear his desire to play only for Champions League clubs, thus ruling out Spurs or big spending Manchester City. If Arsenal are to spend £20million next month, it would surely be on a world class midfielder – Barry, Alonso or Senna rather than another mercurial forward. But who needs unpredictable genius more than Chelsea? Scolari’s Plan A has been completely found out in recent months. They are in need of something different up front, having failed to get Robinho to fulfil this role. And how hard would it be to convince Abramovich to shell out for the chance of seeing one of his compatriots starring at Stamford Bridge?