Arsenal braced for Kerimov playmaker approach - reports

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Anzhi Makhachkala are reportedly ready to step-up their pursuit of Arsenal playmaker Andrey Arshavin.

The 30-year-old moved to the Emirates from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2009, but after making an immediate impact with the Gunners has struggled to secure first team football for Arsene Wenger's side on a consistent basis.

Suleyman Kerimov, billionaire owner of Anzhi, is looking to offer the national team's captain a route home this summer, and after signing Roberto Carlos earlier in the year, he's turned his attentions to Yuri Zhirkov and Arshavin.

With the Gunners spending big on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gervinho this summer, competition for places will be fierce within the Arsenal ranks, especially in the wider attacking areas where Arshavin has been forced to operate at the Emirates.


Whilst speculation was also rife over the future of Samir Nasri, the French international, another player utilised in a similar role with Arsenal, remains at the club and now appears set to stay with Wenger's side.

With Kerimov 'ready to sanction' a move for Arshavin, talkSPORT goes on to claim Anzhi are hoping to approach Arsenal with a view to setting up talks over the player.

A possible fee is not mentioned in the report.

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