Monday 11 December 2017

Arshavin happy to remain at Arsenal despite lack of silverware

Andrei Arshavin. Photo: Getty Images
Andrei Arshavin. Photo: Getty Images

Jeremy Wilson

Andrei Arshavin's agent has outlined the Russian's deep disappointment at Arsenal's failure to win a trophy but said that it would take something "extraordinarily dramatic" for him not to end his career at the Emirates.

Doubt was placed over Arshavin's long-term future earlier this week when he said that joining Barcelona would represent the peak of his career and his agent, Dennis Lachter, did not disguise the dissatisfaction with recent results.

"To be at the tail of the top teams in Europe is not what the manager, the players and the fans deserve," Lachter said.

"Andrei just said, 'Listen, I'm going to be 29 next month, time is ticking'.

"Even in Zenit he got titles, including the Uefa Cup. Arsenal is a better team, better manager, better everything; they should be higher than this – it is a disappointment.

"He just said if he would happen to play in Barcelona it would be the signature of his career; it is not that he doesn't want to be at Arsenal.

"He was signed for £16.5m, the highest transfer fee in Arsenal's history and has another three years on his contract. So, let's be realistic, unless something extraordinarily dramatic happens, he will finish his career at Arsenal."

In a separate interview, Lachter admitted he could not guarantee that Arshavin would be with Arsenal at the beginning of next season.

However, he also predicted that Arshavin's future would be linked to that of manager Arsene Wenger, who is committed to at least seeing out his own contract which runs until the summer of next year.

"Andrei staying and a lot of other things depend on one man," Lachter said.

"We would like to know that Arsene Wenger will be at Arsenal next season. Arsenal today is 95pc Arsene Wenger."

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