Date: 22nd January 2009 at 9:54am
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Andrei Arshavin yesterday revealed that his move to his ‘club of the future’ is in the hands of the gods, and that he spends all his spare time kneeling at the foot of his bed, hands clasped deep in prayer that Zenit and Arsenal can come to some agreement.

Well it’s looking possible that his prayers might be answered.

‘My hopes now rest with God. Apart from him, nobody can help me,’ Arshavin is quoted as saying in The Times.

‘I see Arsenal as my team of the future. Everything now depends on Zenit. If they want to sell me, they can do it very quickly.’

This morning quotes coming out of the Zenit camp suggest talks are moving along and that the Russians are looking for a compromise.

‘We are certainly conducting negotiations directly with the Arsenal chief executive,’ Mitrofanov told Sport Express.

‘The footballer’s agent is not taking part in them. Because of this he simply does not know all the details of the process of negotiation, and in this sense his comments should not always be trusted.’

‘As regards the process itself, as I have already said, it is not simple, but it is moving and we hope that it will lead to its logical conclusion.’