Apr 1, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT
Russian international Andrei Arshavin, once a high-value target who never quite became what Arsenal dreamed of, is the subject of European rumors about a potential move to the LA Galaxy.
Here is where I add the standard Euro rumor disclaimer: dangling MLS as a potential landing zone sits near the front of the European rep’s playbook when trying to work the deals abroad.
That dutifully said, there’s this.
The reports say Arshavin, 31, a tricky and skillful attacker with a useful burst of speed, has become a primary Galaxy target.
Crucial in all this (perhaps true, perhaps not … we’ll see) is that Arshavin would be allowed to move without a transfer fee. That would make the Russian attacker measurably more attractive to the Galaxy – or to a lot of clubs, for that matter.
That’s not so hard to buy given the player’s fractured relationship with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
Bruce Arena’s team remains on the hunt for David Beckham’s replacement; along with Landon Donovan and Irish international Robbie Keane, that would fill up the Galaxy allotment of Designated Players.
Moving one link further on this DP chain, all of that would mean no Frank Lampard. The longtime Chelsea man is / isn’t / was / is again a Galaxy target, depending on whom you believe and how much pressure is currently raining down on Stamford Bridge deciders to keep the West London institution in Chelsea blue for one more year.
Would Arshavin be a fit for the Galaxy and MLS? Sure … so long as he was interested in playing soccer and not overly fascinated by the glitz, glamour and zippity do da of the sunny So-Cal lifestyle.
Arshavin arrived into Arsenal from Zenit Saint Petersburg in February 2009 (for more than $25 million dollars, an enormous sum considering Gunners’ new day of relative austerity) and did land in North London with substantial impact. But his influence soon waned and the Russian attacker soon became a peripheral figure around the stately Emirates.
Arshavin, virtually on Arsenal exile, has been on loan to Zenit for much of the past year and change.
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