Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Transfer tidbits [Arshavin's agent, Zapata and Sagna]

Arsenal's Russian import Andrey Arshavin has come under fire due to
his inability to stay injury free.

The 27-year-old injury-prone ex Zenit St. Petersburg striker is
struggling to adapt to his new environment the agent [Dennis Lachter]

He defended his client doggedly: "Football is a contact sport and
nobody can avoid injury," he declared.

"Let's see how he plays when he is fully recovered. It's his first
season as a 100 per cent 'whistle-to-whistle' Arsenal player; last
season he only played in the second half of the season and was a bit
more fresh. He had a marvellous match against Liverpool (scoring four
in the 4-4 draw at Anfield).

Lachter blamed his client's dip in form on circumstances beyond his
control, but he was quick to add that the Russian team captain will be
back to his fiery best soon: "This season is a totally different
situation. There have been a lot of matches; two cups, the (Premier
League) Championship, the Champions League and his performances with
the national team.

"It is too many matches and not a regular situation for a player from
Eastern Europe."

Rumours are rife in some quarters that the 27-year-old attacker might
be leaving the North London outfit this summer. This is what his agent
had to say concerning that: "This is the first time I am hearing about
this speculation," Lachter said.
"We have not spoken about this at all, he is an Arsenal player I
firmly believe he will be at Arsenal next season."

Meanwhile, the Gunners have being linked with Udinese's defender
Cristian Zapata. The 23-year-old Colombian is valued at €7m.

And finally, Spanish newspaper Sport said yesterday that Barcelona
have set their sights on Arsenal's right back Bacary Sagna who is
valued at £16m.