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May 19, 2011

Wenger expecting Arshavin stay

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said that he expects to keep Russian forward Andrei Arshavin next season, despite reports linking him with a move away from the club.

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Arshavin has struggled to impress at the Emirates this season, with Zenit St Petersburg admitting they would welcome their former star - rated at £15 million - back with open arms if he was to leave in the summer.

With Wenger needing to improve his squad if Arsenal are to break their six-year trophy drought in 2011-12, many suggested that Arshavin would be used to raise funds for new arrivals.

However, earlier in the day the French boss was adamant that the club would not part with captain Cesc Fabregas, and was similarly bullish about Arshavin, telling Arsenal TV: "Yes, I expect him to be at Arsenal next season."

Wenger has already begun to think about his transfer targets and is confident that Arsenal are still an attractive prospect because of the kind of football they play.

"If you speak about the quality of the club and the style of football we play we have many offers on the table for players who are desperate to join us," he said. "[But] if you speak only about money, we are certainly less attractive than some other teams."

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