Who's the last Russian to do well in England?

I've been thinking a lot about the Andrei Arshavin situation over the weekend.

Certainly, he is a great player, although I am still concerned why it has taken him until the age of 27 to become such a revered player.

It was said that he had his heart set on a move to Barcelona, but whether it is he fee or his wage demands, that move seems not to be developing.

Step up Dennis Lachter, Arshavin's agent, who seems to be trying to get his player a move to Emirates while all other suitors go silent.

"The stable situation in the club and the influence of Arsene Wenger to Arsenal and to English football is huge. I think this is an advantage. If Arsenal go for Arshavin it could be really good for both parties. Arsenal is a very young team and Arshavin is 27.

"There's something about combining young and older players, they propagate attacking football."

Even if you disregard Wenger's comments about the player after he struggled in Russia's final game of Euro2008, he still doesn't fit the mould of a player who Wenger would buy in terms of age and price.

If you look at players from the former Russian Federation, as well, it doesn't exactly bode well for a move to the Premiership.

Liverpool's Andrei Voronin, Chavski's Andrei Shevchenko and T*ttenh*am's Sergey Rebrov have all failed to impose themselves consistently on the English game - you have to go back to Andrei Kanchelskis a decade ago for the last player from that part of the world who really excited fans. Even our own Oleg Luzhny was hardly a great success.

Ask yourself this: would you like to see Arshavin in an Arsenal shirt? Or would a consistent goalscorer in the Huntelaar mould be a more suitable replacement for the seemingly departing Manu Adebayor?