Cardiff clash called off, so with no need for preparation will Arsene Wenger persuade Arshavin to stay?

Tomorrow's FA Cup replay against Cardiff has been postponed because of the wintery conditions, so with Arsene Wenger free for the rest of the day, will he work his magic and try to persuade Andrei Arshavin that his future lies in North London?

The fact that Arshavin flew into the capital and stayed at a hotel close to Arsenal's London Colney training centre indicates that the Russian playmaker is keen to continue his career with the Gunners.

But the news that Arsenal cannot afford the player is dumbfounding. It's unclear whether it's the fee being demanded by his current club Zenit St Petersburg or the player's personal terms that have led to the collapse of talks, but given that the club is one of the richest in the world - at least on paper - it's unconceivable that we're going to let our no.1 transfer target slip through our fingers for the sake of three or four million quid.

And here's where Le Gaffer can step in. He's gone out of his way in the past to personally persuade players to come to Arsenal - notably with Aaron Ramsey being flown to meet Wenger in Switzerland last summer.

Can he do the same with Arshavin? Is it more a question of how much money the board have made available for the transfer? Or does Le Boss have another card up his sleeve with another player poised to come in to the Gunners' dressing room at the 11th hour?