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The Andrei Arshavin Arsenal Rumour Mill

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The Andrei Arshavin Arsenal Rumour Mill

Sources are in parentheses.

– Arsenal completed the signing of Zenit St Petersburg forward Andrei Arshavin only minutes before the transfer window slammed shut. (Various)

– Arshavin has signed a deal worth £70,000 a week, which ties him to the Emirates Stadium until 2012. (Various)

– The Gunners have paid £10m for Arshavin, rising by a further £2m based on success-related clauses being met. (Daily Mail)

– So keen was Arshavin to complete his move to Arsenal that he hired a private jet to fly him into London on Sunday night. (Various)

– Arshavin has taken a £20,000 a week pay cut to join Arsene Wenger’s men. (Daily Star)

– The sticking point in the deal was a huge loyalty bonus received by Arshavin upon signing for Zenit. It was awarded on the understanding that he would complete his four-year contract but having spent a little over two-and-a-half years in St Petersburg the club’s board demanded the difference be returned by the player. (Guardian)

– Zenit spent Monday ringing round Premier League clubs – targeting Tottenham in particular – in a bid to find a buyer who would pay more than Arsenal. (Daily Star)

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