Arsenal have a major problem. He’s small and blonde and Russian-he’s Arshavin. Arguably an all time low for the winger was being omitted from the 18 man squad that traveled to France in Arsenal’s Champions League opener. It was a weird omission and one that hasn’t been justified through injury so one only assumes that Arshavin has been dropped from the squad.
The stickler is not that Arshavin has been dropped, if that really is the case, but rather that at 80k per week, he’s one of Arsenal’s highest paid players! Anyone else see the problem here? Surely if the Russian isn’t going to be used on the wing or in the midfield then it’s only logical that Arsenal sell Arshavin to the highest bidder in January. Let’s face it, Wenger isn’t going to use Arshavin and at 31, no other team in their right minds will pay 80k per week for a player that’s 31 and probably beyond his prime. There’s no use debating it because either way Arsenal don’t come out with a profit. At a reported 13 million, Arsenal aren’t logically hoping to recover even a fraction what they paid for him.
In fact, I don’t think Arsenal are the problem here. Arshavin is. He’s smiling all the way to the bank. He’s getting a huge salary, not travelling, not playing and only pitching up to training. He’s going to be collecting a over 320k every month for staying fit until the end of June next year and Arsenal can’t even bum him off for a free transfer because of his inflated wages. For a club that prides itself on doing good business, Arshavin is a big embarrassment for us.
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