There is no denying that Andrei Arshavin is less than content at Arsenal. The Russian dynamo, though still able to make a sufficient impact, has endured significantly reduced playing time in the last year alongside feeling the wrath of the frustrated Gunners faithful.
Since his Arsenal record £15 million signing from Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg in January 2009, the 30-year-old has slowly diminished in stature by Arsene Wenger and the Arsenal fans.
Despite recording 52 appearances, 10 goals and 17 assists last season, many still perceived Arshavin's campaign as lacklustre.
Due to the Russia captain possessing a tendency to appear uninterested and lazy, many have been quick to criticize the little winger. However, in truth, Arshavin has not performed all that inadequately.
However, with Wenger tending to favour Ivorian forward Gervinho and England international Theo Walcott as the first-choice wingers and the emergence of teenage sensations Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryo Miyaichi, it has resulted in reduced playing time and calls for Arshavin's departure.
Arshavin stated that if he continued to be "glued to the bench," he would depart the Emirates. However, Wenger is eager to reproduce the hefty fee of £15 million that the Frenchman paid for his diminutive forward, but even with interest from Russian money giants Anzhi Makhachkala, it is unlikely clubs will be willing to match the figure.
However, Metro has announced that German giants Schalke 04 are heavily interested in Arshavin and are willing to offer striker Jefferson Farfan as part of a deal. Farfan is eyeing an exit from Schalke and the Bundesliga club are eager to gain a replacement before the Peruvian forward departs.
The 27-year-old is a quick and powerful forward who has impressed with the Royal Blues. Last season, Farfan amassed 44 appearances and 10 goals as Schalke achieved the DFB Pokal.
The Peru international became a known name in European football with PSV Eindhoven where Farfan recorded 163 appearances and 71 goals alongside four Dutch Eredivisie titles.Wenger is not short on forwards, however, with imposing Moroccan Marouane Chamakh rumoured to be departing in January whilst the opportunity to closely replicate some sort of fee for Andrei Arshavin appears promising.
Farfan possesses the speed and strength to thrive in the Premier League and the former Alianza Lima striker can provide energy and international experience to the Arsenal roster. However, there is no denying Andrei Arshavin's ability.
The Russian is still a strong performer whose skill and composure near the goal can be devastating for defenders. Although age is not on Arshavin's side, his recent performance against Bolton in League Cup was outstanding as he received a more central role. Arshavin is quick and agile and possesses a fierce shot, which greatly separates him from Theo Walcott.
However, with an opportunity to gain a quality striker, should Wenger sell Andrei Arshavin for Jefferson Farfan?