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Zenit suggest Arshavin deal is close

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Arsenal appeared to edge closer to the capture of Andrei Arshavin on Monday night after Zenit St Petersburg released a statement claiming that agreeing personal terms is an obstacle they need to overcome before signing the Russia playmaker.

The announcement from Arshavin's club, posted on their official website, suggests a fee has been agreed for the midfielder who caught the eye for his country during the European Championships last summer.

"The fundamental understanding over the transfer of the player is achieved between the clubs," read the statement. "At the moment the basic obstacle in realisation of the transaction is Andrei Arshavin's personal requirements."

Arshavin is waiting for the "final decision" over his move.

"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."

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 www.micahrichards.com.

"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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