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Arshavin is a really tough dilemma for Zenit:

1. On the one hand, they understand that Arshavin is arguably the top player in the RPL. Gazprom has poured all this money into Zenit to buy top players, not sell them. Plus, Zenit most certainly will need Arshavin to make a good showing in the Champions League this fall, in addition to the very difficult task of repeating their RPL title. Without Arshavin, I don't see Zenit winning the RPL title this year.

2. On the other hand, Zenit understands that Arshavin has been a loyal servant to the club. He's spent his entire career in Piter, winning both the RPL and UC recently. He's 27 now, and Zenit understand that he wants to prove himself at at higher level. Plus, after his awesome Euro showings for Russia, this might be the best time to cash in on Arshavin.

--It will be interesting to see what happens to AA, and Zenit will be hard-pressed to keep him if a Euro giant makes a legitimate offer. But personally, I believe Zenit will attempt to convince him to stay until January '08.
 

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I would love to see Arshavin playing for Zenit in the UEFA Super Cup and CL. However, I wouldn't mind seeing him in the CL for a big club such as Barca.
 

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Right now, Zenit are 18 points off the top of the RPL table. I don't care how many matches they have in hand...that is an enormous cliff to climb, and one that I don't think can be scaled without AA.

In addition, Zenit have openly stated that they would like to be competitive in the CL, maybe even reach the last 16 with a bit of luck. But does anyone really see them doing that without Arshavin? I don't.

So that's why moving in January '09 makes sense, even if AA bitches about it. Simply put, I don't think Zenit can afford to lose him.
 

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Right now, Zenit are 18 points off the top of the RPL table. I don't care how many matches they have in hand...that is an enormous cliff to climb, and one that I don't think can be scaled without AA.

In addition, Zenit have openly stated that they would like to be competitive in the CL, maybe even reach the last 16 with a bit of luck. But does anyone really see them doing that without Arshavin? I don't.

So that's why moving in January '09 makes sense, even if AA bitches about it. Simply put, I don't think Zenit can afford to lose him.
The player will not want to stay if Barcelona or Arsenal realy want him.

Zenit needs to go buy new players but nothing so far,the only rumour is czech cb rozhenal from lazio.
 

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The player will not want to stay if Barcelona or Arsenal realy want him.

Zenit needs to go buy new players but nothing so far,the only rumour is czech cb rozhenal from lazio.
I know he wants to leave, but it is very possible that Zenit will talk him into staying on until Jan. '09.

As for new players, they need a striker and another midfielder. Hubocan, Lombaerts, Krizanac, and Shirokov are a nice quartet of CB's, and KDJ's return takes care of the left flank.
 

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I know he wants to leave, but it is very possible that Zenit will talk him into staying on until Jan. '09.

As for new players, they need a striker and another midfielder. Hubocan, Lombaerts, Krizanac, and Shirokov are a nice quartet of CB's, and KDJ's return takes care of the left flank.
Lomberts will only return in november.
 

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Still, Krizanac and Shirokov are proving to be a fine CB pairing, and Hubocan will certainly play more during the next few months. Zenit do not need to pay a bunch of money for an overrated CB like Rozenhal.

Malafeev
Anyukov-Krizanac-Shirokov/Hubocan-Dong Jin
Tymoschuk
Denisov-Zyryanov-Sirl
? [Hopefully Arshavin]
Pogrebnyak​

Bench: Contafalsky, Ricksen, Dominguez, Tekke, etc.
 

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Barcelona close to sign Arshavin,lot of pressure from the fans and media to do that.......
 

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One day after Spain-Russia. The hypes are gone and the truth is... (at least according to the Catalan media :) )

Barcelona agreed with Zenit on Arshavin for €15m before the tournament. He cannot sign because his price went over the top then came down steep. The agent may insert names of other clubs on the table, but the client isn't much interested.

Arshavin has played his last game with Zenit in Manchester.
 

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One of Zenit officials have said that they send an 20 million euro offer to Barcelona for Messi. Most Russian forums are discussing was he drunk, on high or an idiot.
 

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zenit have to be active in the transfer market, and its probably gonna cost them alot, but they can alos find decent players in the rpl to bolster their squad without breaking the bank,i think zenit need to look into purchasing prudnikov from spartak, ive seen him play a couple of times and hes a very talented young player and has also been linked with chelsea, also eremenko from saturn wouldnt be a bad buy either, hes an excellent dead ball player and is a good sub or replacement for sirl and dominguez on the wings, as for zenit getting any decent players from the top european teams, good luck, even though they have a good side, money, and champions league football its hard to convince most euro players to play in russia let alone stay for more then one season(maniche)
 

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So will Arshavin join the team for the match on Tuesday?
I guess he'll refuse because he needs to rest for full two weeks before joining a foreign club, presumably participating in CL from qualifiers.
But Zenit will need him for "make-up" matches and he's still under contract.

When does the transfer market reopen exactly?
 

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So will Arshavin join the team for the match on Tuesday?
The match against Spartak Nalchik (originally scheduled for this Tuesday, 1 July) has been moved to the 9th of July. So Zenit's next match isn't until next Sunday, 6 July (home against Tom).

When does the transfer market reopen exactly?
The transfer market is open now, and will not close until midnight of 31 August.

As for Arshavin, we'll have to wait for official word from Zenit regarding what his future holds. As you said, he is under contract with the Russian champs, so I'd assume he would play next Sunday against Tom if he hasn't been transferred by then.
 

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zenit have to be active in the transfer market, and its probably gonna cost them alot, but they can alos find decent players in the rpl to bolster their squad without breaking the bank,i think zenit need to look into purchasing prudnikov from spartak, ive seen him play a couple of times and hes a very talented young player and has also been linked with chelsea, also eremenko from saturn wouldnt be a bad buy either, hes an excellent dead ball player and is a good sub or replacement for sirl and dominguez on the wings, as for zenit getting any decent players from the top european teams, good luck, even though they have a good side, money, and champions league football its hard to convince most euro players to play in russia let alone stay for more then one season(maniche)
Zenit28,Bazhenov is a better option then Prudnikov,i realy don't like prudnikov.

Welcome to the forum,btw.:thmbup:
 
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