Date: 6th January 2009 at 5:09pm
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As regular readers of Vital Arsenal will know, we’re not one to comment on unfounded transfer rumours, but this one is not going away …… no smoke without fire and all that.

According to Sky Sports News, Zenit St Petersburg have told them that they are holding talks with the North London outfit over the possible transfer of Russian play maker Andrei Arshavin.

Arsene Wenger, normally one to completely dismiss rumours regarding players whether he is trying to sign them or not, has been unusually coy over the Arshavin rumours, indeed he confirmed at the weekend that there was ‘no progress’ in the transfer talks, hinting that talks had begun.

The current rumours are creating a buzz around Arsenal’s blogosphere and fan forums, the possibility of bringing in, not only a fairly big name, but a player who seems to be exactly what we need, has temporarily lifted the air of gloom around the club, indeed if Wenger can pull the transfer off, that air could be lifted permanently.

Arsenal have been shorn of their creativity after losing Alex Hleb to Barcelona in the summer and Cesc Fabregas to injury in the Liverpool match last month. Arshavin could be the perfect replacement for the short and long term.