Roman Pavlyuchenko can do a ‘Campbell’ now
Arsene Wenger may not have to look far across Europe to find a decent striker to add to his options next month.
Indeed, Arsenal will only have to sneak into neighbors Tottenham’s armory to find a good fit to their limited attacking options.
That man is Roman Pavlyuchenko who has now reiterated his wish to exit White Heart Lane after constantly been left out of action by the manager.
Pavlyuchenko ticks all the boxes for Arsenal with his height and technical ability upfront and will find the best chance of revenge on his Tottenham woes in April’s North London derby, should he join the Gunners.
“You cannot even imagine how tired I am of sitting on the bench. Do you want to hear a joke in London? It goes: Harry Redknapp put Roman Pavlyuchenko into the starting line-up,” Pavlyuchenko told the Russian press.
“For me it would be funny if it was not so painful. I have a feeling that our manager is mocking me.”
Harry Redknapp does have his point in keeping Pavlyuchenko on the bench though, as the form of Crouch, Lennon, Kranjcar and Defoe has seen Spurs jump into the top four in the league.
The former Pompey boss has revealed he will be keen to sell the Russian to any reasonable bidder with Liverpool likely to rival Arsenal’s pursuit.
“If he wants to leave and somebody comes in with an offer of what he’s worth, we’d have to look at it, but I’m not crazy to shift him out.”
“I had a chat with him a couple of weeks ago and he said he felt he wanted a move but it is up to someone to come on with an offer that’s good enough for us to even look at it, otherwise there’s no chance of him leaving.”
That said, Wenger has a very mutual relationship with the Tottenham manager which saw several Arsenal misfits move to Portsmouth during Rednapp’s reign at the South Coast.
Rednapp’s situation with Pavlyuchenko also resembles that of Wenger and Lassana Diarra just two years ago. That case resulted in Diarra being gifted to Portsmouth after complaining over lack of action at Arsenal.
And the question now remains whether Harry Rednapp will repay Wenger’s generousity.