Arsenal defender target apologises for Russian walkout

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Arsenal defender target Igor Denisov has been forced to aplogise for walking out on Zenit St. Petersburg.

The 28-year-old was heavily linked with a move to the Gunners in September, with the Russia captain unhappy at ‘lavish’ salaries handed to new signings Hulk and Axel Witsel.

Whilst negotiating his own new contract, Denisov opted to go on strike at the Petrovsky Stadium, and has subsequently not played for Luciano Spalletti’s side for over a month.

However, the 34-cap international appears willing to move on from the troubles, having offered his manager an olive branch in the hope of a return to first team activities.

"I have a valid contract - I both have to and want to see it off until the end," Denisov is quoted as saying in a club statement, according to SkySports.

"I have grown and become a professional while playing for Zenit and would like to bring benefit to this club."

Denisov also added an apology to his team-mates over the actions, driven by reported wages in the region of £4.8 million per-year for Hulk and Witsel.

"I was wrong in this situation. I was driven by my emotions, and in the end failed to help my team-mates," he concluded.

If Spalletti is willing to welcome the centre half back into the Zenit first team squad, then the possibility of a move to Arsenal would appear to decrease dramatically.

Denisov has spent over a decade at Zenit, helping the club to back-to-back league titles in the past two seasons, and it's now unlikely that he will ever challenge Thomas Vermaelen, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker for a starting spot at the Emirates Stadium.

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