Arshavin on his way back to Russia as transfer talks break down

Sky Sports News are reporting that Andrei Arshavin is on his way back to Russia after talks between Arsenal, Zenit St Petersburg and the player's representatives broke down with the Gunners reportedly unable to afford the player.

If true, it makes a mockery of the Arsenal board's claim that they always give Arsene Wenger what he wants.

More to the point, it make you wonder exactly what the point of Arsenal mortgaging the club to move to a new stadium where we were supposed to be able to compete financially with Europe's biggest clubs.

We'll keep you posted on any moves on the Arshavin story, but at the moment he is on his way to the airport and he has not undergone a medical, so it looks like us Gooners are going to be left disappointed yet again.