Arsenal to sign £20 million playmaker in the next ten days ... Spurs fans will be jealous

Arsenal are closing on Zenit St Petersburg playmaker Andrei Arshavin after weeks of speculation over the player's future. The Russian international has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months after he admitted he would be interested in a move to England.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is desperate to strengthen his squad during this transfer window and Arshavin is his number one target. Arshavin, 27, was on the brink of joining Arsenal's fierce rivals Tottenham during the summer, however Spurs failed to cough up the £20 million needed to sign the player.

Zenit general director, Maxim Mitrofanov, had this to say about the matter : "We have been in discussion with Arsenal now for some time ... They are hoping that a deal will be concluded within the next ten days to two weeks."

Personally, I think this would be a cracking signing for the Gunners. There is no doubt Wenger needs to spend during the window if the club are to have any hope of winning the title this season. I have always rated Arshavin very highly and I feel the sooner he arrives at the Emirates the better.