Arsenal sign Arshavin for £15m

Arsenal have finally completed the signing of Russia international midfielder Andrei Arshavin from Zenit St Petersburg for a club record fee of £15m.

The deal looked to be off yesterday when the two clubs failed to reach an agreement over compensation for the UEFA Cup holders with the transfer deadline pending. But the two parties eventually came to an agreement and the Premier League verified the move this morning following an extension of the transfer window in the light of yesterday's weather conditions.

The 27-year-old is believed to have committed his long term future to the Gunners and will wear the number 23 shirt. Arshavin, a star at last summer's European Championships could make his début in Saturday's north London derby with Tottenham, but he is reported to be lacking in match fitness as the Russian league finished in November.

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