Zenit heavily interested in loan move for Arshavin

Arsenal striker Andrei Arshavin could make the move back to Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg, according to their Director General, sovsport.ru reports.

The Russia international has struggled with form this season at the Emirates Stadium, but has been backed by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. A return back to Russia has been touted since January and with the Russian transfer window not ending until Friday, a move could still go through. The 30 year old has made 95 appearances for the club, but has failed to capture the form he showed on his arrival from Russia.

Zenit are looking to negotiate a loan deal with Arsenal and bring Arshavin back to Russia, which could interest the 30 year old. Arshavin wants to play a part in Euro 2012 with his country and his lack of regular football at Arsenal could hinder his chances. Zenit director general Maxim Mitrofanov has spoken out about the interest and confirmed that Arshavin is a target.

Mitrofanov said: ‘Arshavin would interest us in terms of having him on loan. Andrey would also be well prepared for the upcoming Euro 2012 finals. The question is what Arsenal really want, would they want a loan deal? We had initial talks with them (Arsenal). Let’s see how they respond now. The fact is Andrey still wants to play in England.’

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