Andre Arshavin joined Arsenal back in January, 2009 and quickly became a crowd-favorite in his debut season. His arrival from Russian outfit Zenit St. Petersburg took the English Premier League by storm. The diminutive winger is Arsenal’s record-signing, as they forked out a fee of around £14 million to lure him to England.
However, since his impressive start to life at Arsenal, his form has gradually decreased, and he has lost his place in the starting 11 over time. He has been reduced to a bit-part role over the last couple of seasons. The 31-year old has now been relegated to being a squad player, who barely even manages to make it to the substitute’s bench, as boss Arsene Wenger prefers the likes of Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski, Gervinho and even youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain above Arshavin.
He is currently one of Arsenal’s biggest earners in terms of wages, as it is believed that he is on a package of £90,000 per week. His current contract runs out in the summer. It is widely expected that Arsenal will be clearing out their dead wood soon, and will be looking to offload him in order to lighten their wage bill and indeed make way for new signings.
There is reported interest from an unknown club Khazar Lankaran, whose boss is Liverpool legend and ex-Real Madrid manager John Toshack, who is keen to build a new team from the ground up by recruiting big name players. He also has the financial backing from the club’s billionaire owner Mubariz Mansimov.
Toshack has shortlisted Arshavin as his No. 1 priority for the summer, and wishes to involve him in this new project. It is understood that Khazar are ready to offer him an increase in salary and pay him £100,000 per week.
Getting a pay raise at an age of 31 is not something one would see often, and this is a golden opportunity for Arshavin to end his playing days by getting regular football along with making as much money as he can. Do you think Arshavin should grab this opportunity?