Arshavin move to Lazio is a non-starter, insists Lazio chief

Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin will not be moving to Italian side Lazio after the Gunners told the Serie A side they would not part with their player, Metro reports. Lazio did admit they were interested in signing Arshavin, but have never spoken to Arsenal over a move.

Reports suggested that the Russian was being lined up for a cut-price move away from the Emirates Stadium and Lazio were the first club in line. Arshavin’s performances have left poor impressions on the Gunners fans, who believe the 30 year old Russian has not repayed the reported £12m transfer fee Arsenal paid back in 2009. Arshavin’s contract runs out in 18 months’ time, but Arsenal have insisted that they do not want to sell the player. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger believes it would be foolish to lose somebody of Arshavin’s class at this time and wants to keep the Russian international.

Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has spoken about the situation, saying: ‘Arshavin is a great player and I think everyone would like to have him in their squad. But I don’t think there is any chance of seeing him in a Lazio shirt. There are a number of reasons why it would be difficult. We have never spoken with Arsenal and perhaps more importantly, I don’t think they would want to part with a top player.’

Arshavin himself has spoken this week ahead of Sunday’s fixture with Manchester United and is looking forward to a strong performance from Arsenal. The Gunners were beaten 3-2 away at Swansea City last weekend and Arshavin insists his side are a better team at home and can cause United a threat. Arsenal have won seven and drawn two out of their last nine games in North London and will look for another home win to keep their dreams of a title challenge alive.

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