What the papers say: Arshavin deal gets closer, but Man City could nab player

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The Sun - Arshavin is on the brink
ANDREI ARSHAVIN will sign for Arsenal this month — despite Zenit St Petersburg turning down an initial £10million bid.

The Daily Mirror - Manchester City to hijack Arsenal deal for Andrei Arshavin
Manchester City are closing in on Andrei Arshavin after agreeing an £18million deal with Zenit St Petersburg.

The Daily Express - DAVIES BLASTS GUNNERS
BOLTON striker Kevin Davies has accused Arsenal players of trying to con the referee and get him booked by making “loud screams” when he went to tackle them.

The Times - Bendtner eases cold climate at Emirates
As Arsenal struggled desperately to break down the Bolton Wanderers barrier, the words of Cesc Fàbregas in the match programme proved mildly provocative. The Arsenal captain spoke repeatedly of going on “holiday” — he used the word five times — to recuperate from his long-term knee injury. How everyone in the refrigerator that was the Emirates Stadium on Saturday wished that they could be joining him.

The Independent - Wenger laments 'unexciting' league
"Bolton got what they deserved, nothing. It was disgusting." Such a view is not uncommon in the press box where, for the most part, neutrality reigns and, alongside the obvious need for a compelling narrative, there is a desire to see attractive football. 

 

The Daily Telegraph - Arsenal 'to offer £12m for Andrei Arshavin'
Arsenal will reportedly make an increased bid of £12 million for Zenit St Petersburg's Andrei Arshavin.

The Guardian - Emirates fans yearn for muscle to add finishing touch to Wenger's art
Arsenal's play was again missing the zip and fluency of Arsène Wenger's sweeping vision of how the game should be reinvented.

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