Zenit eye Arshavin deal

Russians warn loanee he must prove himself

Andrey Arshavin: Currently on loan at Zenit St Petersburg from Arsenal

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Zenit St Petersburg are ready to sign Andrey Arshavin on a permanent deal from Arsenal if he proves himself.

Arshavin joined Zenit on loan in February after finding himself down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.

The 31-year-old, who has scored three goals in nine starts for Zenit, is set to discuss his future at Arsenal at the end of Euro 2012.

Zenit are ready to discuss a permanent deal with the Russia captain, but they insist any move depends on Arshavin.

"Everything depends on Arshavin. If Andrey is ready to stay in the team and go on the field as a player, we are ready to discuss it," said Zenit chief executive Maxim Mitrofanov.

"Arshavin is part of our club but, with all due respect to him, he will only stay in the event that he proves himself useful as an active player. Not as a man making up the numbers."