Arshavin awaits Gunners decision

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Russia playmaker Andrei Arshavin is waiting for the "final decision" over his move from Zenit St Petersburg to Arsenal.

Both clubs have been in discussions over the 27-year-old but no announcement has been made.

"I'm waiting for a final decision," Arshavin told Russian newspaper Sport Express.

"The talks don't depend on me. I haven't been in touch with the club management, so I haven't heard a clear 'yes' or 'no' yet."

Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has backed Arshavin, his former Zenit team-mate, to be a success in England.

"Andrei has spent many years in Zenit and I want him to join a big European club and show what he is worth," said Skrtel, who also suggested Arshavin would like to play in Spain.

"He played wonderfully at Euro 2008 and I am sure he can continue playing on the same level as in the summer."

Another player linked with a move to Arsenal is Manchester City's Micah Richards, although the England defender insists he is happy at Eastlands.

"It's always flattering being linked with a club like Arsenal, and they have one of the best managers in the world in Arsene Wenger," he told his own website

"However, as I said before, I'm happy at Manchester City and believe that the club is going in the right direction."

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