Arsenal ready to sell Arshavin in January

Arsenal are prepared to offload Russian forward Andrey Arshavin in the January transfer window, according to The Mirror.

Arshavin has failed to hold down a regular place in the Gunners starting line-up and when he has been given a chance, Gunners fans believe he has performed poorly. The Russian captain is desperate for a place in his side’s Euro 2012 squad and should be certified for Poland and Ukraine. However, if he does not play, Arshavin’s form will be poor ahead of the competition. Arsenal will net sell Arshavin until they have a replacement and are lining up Cologne striker Lukas Podolski.

Arsene Wenger is eager to sign Podolski, but Cologne are not keen to sell their striker. The German international wants a move abroad and Arsenal is his preferred destination. Arshavin’s former side Zenit St. Petersburg are keen to take him back to Russia and Lokomotiv Moscow have had a six-month loan approach knocked back. The Gunners were eager to listen to offers last summer, but did not find a serious taker. Arshavin’s value is diminishing and Arsenal are keen to cash in quickly before they face a substantial loss on the £15m they paid in 2008 for the forward.

Arshavin is one of the top earners at the Emirates Stadium, but is out of contract next season. The Gunners do not want to extend the Russian’s contract and are desperate for someone to make a permanent offer. However, Wenger must find a replacement and faces a problem if he does not. Gervinho and Maraoune Chamakh are both off to the African Cup of Nations next summer and Wenger wants a top-class striker in January.

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