Arsenal news – Arshavin in Juventus link, Silva loan exit, UEFA hail Gunners finances

Silva loan exit.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that 18 year old Brazilian attacker Wellington Silva will be loaned out to Spain, according to Mirrorfootball.

Widely considered one of the best prospects in the country, last month Silva was denied a work permit to play in England. It is believed that the move to Spain will boost his chances of receiving a permit in the near future.

Top flight club Levante appear to be taking a keen interest in Silva, and at this point are the most likely club to snap up the young Gunner. Silva himself has said: “My dream is the Premier League, but playing in Spain could be positive for me.”

Levante face a tight relegation battle heading into the second half of the Spanish league season, and are said to believe that Silva could boost their chances of remaining in the top flight.

Arshavin in Juventus link.

Russian forward Andrei Arshavin has been sensationally linked with a January exit from Arsenal, with Juventus reportedly keeping an eye on him, according to

Arshavin’s agent has claimed that there is a possibility of a Juventus switch, but accepted that Arsenal’s demands for the attacker would be high. Though he believes €20m would tempt Arsene to sell, it is far more likely that for any deal to happen, Arsenal would look for at least €30m.

UEFA hail Gunners finances.

At their presentation of new financial rules regarding European club competition, UEFA have praised Arsenal’s financial model, and used it as the example to follow for top clubs in Europe.

The new rules dictate that teams spending too much money, whilst not recovering the money spent, will be unable to compete in European competitions. This could cause trouble for many top clubs, many of whom have built staggering debts in recent years, but Arsenal will be unaffected by the changes.

Quoted by the BBC, UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantilo said of Arsenal’s finances: “Ten years ago Arsenal reported less income than Chelsea, Liverpool and Newcastle. Now it is more than those clubs and in 2009 more than double Newcastle’s. This shows what is possible with good management and careful investment.”

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