Arshavin latest victim of Besiktas rumour mill

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According to a report from Russian Radio station ‘The Voice of Russia’ Andrei Arshavin could sign for Turkish side Besiktas when his contract at Arsenal ends in June.

Arsene Wenger has already admitted that the little midfielder, who has played only 16 minutes of Premier League football since last November, will be moved on this summer with former club Zenit Saint Petersburg also mooted as a possible destination.

The report, which looks to be based on dubious English tabloid nonsense, claims Besiktas are willing to pay Arshavin 3 million euros a year for his services although there have been suggestions the little Russian could forego a signing-on fee in favour of a controlling stake in one of Istanbul’s leading baklava bakeries.

Arseblog News has spotted something of a trend recently with a whole host of Arsenal dead wood being spuriously linked with Besiktas and their rivals. As such we’re treating the Arshavin ‘news’ with suspicion.

In the last couple of weeks alone Nicklas Bendtner (Besiktas), Gervinho (Besiktas), Andre Santos (Besiktas and Galatasaray) and Lukasz Fabianski (Besiktas) have all been tipped for the move to the Turkish football capital while Denilson and Marouane Chamakh also have previous.

As we all know, the only Gunners who have made the move to Turkey in the last couple of years are Oguzhan Ozyakup and Emmanuel Eboue, neither of which raised too many eyebrows what with the former’s name being really hard to spell and the latter being the definition of affable liability.

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Indie Gunner
Indie Gunner

Affable liability. Heh. You can say that again.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Affable liability.

kevin
kevin

you had me all the way up to the word ‘bakery’ LOL

Chaplin35
Chaplin35

My “understanding” is that it’s a done deal, my turtle just moved it’s head when I asked him…he is somewhat of an oracle in these parts of the world 🙂

HitsMan
HitsMan

In the picture, it looks like Santos has let one go & gave Arshavin a ‘Don’t you dare tell’ look.

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Or, he’s just said “You’re going to Besiktas… and I’m coming with you.”

davonz
davonz

I hope Ashavin will stay and mentor Wilshire. Ashavin was a world class player in his prime and can teach Jack how to score goals.

argonaut
argonaut

…and eat pies.

CH
CH

Better still, we should resign Gallas and get him to teach Wilshere how to be a perfect future captain.

argonaut
argonaut

Do we have a multi-buy offer on them all?

Merlin's Panini
Merlin's Panini

Perhaps we should try a BOGOF.

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Patrick
Patrick

Minor correction: The Turkish capital isn’t Istanbul, unless you’re talking footballistically of course

Frrrred
Frrrred

Besik-task really, just glad the £90k is it? is off the Arsenal wage books….

sir e eboue
sir e eboue

All hail eboues bouncy bollocks init

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Santos’ face makes me want to punch my computer screen. I know we’re meant to get behind the players and I don’t hate him personally but his face, oh his fucking face… grrr