Arsenal to offer misfit free transfer

Andrey ArshavinArsenal are prepared to let misfit attacker Andrei Arshavin leave the club on a free transfer in hope that he can secure a move back to his homeland before the Russian transfer window closes on Thursday, The Telegraph report.

The eastern European playmaker spent the second half of last season on loan at Zenit St Petersburg, but it is believed that his former side and Anzhi Makhachkala are both not interested in a move for the forward.

As such, Dynamo Moscow have emerged as the most likely destination for Arshavin, but a deal must be wrapped up in the 36 hours before the window closes in the nation.

Arshavin signed for the Gunners for a fee of more than £13 million back in 2009, and Arsene Wenger was initially hopeful of recouping around £5 million for him.

However, with time running out and Arshavin in the last year of his contract, the north Londoners are set to cut their loses on the out-of-form player.

By Gareth McKnight