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Arsenal's search for a new midfielder could see them pursue new Russian skipper Igor Denisov, reports the Daily Star.
Denisov was recently at the centre of a huge controversy when he protested against his club Zenit's new signings Hulk and Axel Witsel receiving huge salaries, and refused to train if he was not paid the same as Hulk's Â£4.8 million annual fees. However, the Russian has since then stepped back, and declared that he was driven by emotions. Zenit signed Hulk and Witsel for a mammoth Â£80.2 million in the summer, and their salaries are the highest at the club by a huge margin.
The Gunners could certainly make use of the 28-year old Russian strongman, especially because Arsene Wenger's preferred choice for the role, Abou Diaby, is having a torrid season once again due to injuries. Reports suggest that Arsenal could very well sign the midfieleder by throwing in the 31 year old Andrey Arshavin as a part of the deal. Arshavin has been a squad player in recent times for the London club, and would certainly welcome a move back to Russia, where he has performed brilliantly in his two previous spells with Zenit.