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Juventus link with Arsenal's Arshavin played down

Andrey Arshavin's agent has dismissed reports that the Russian international is on his way to Juventus. The Arsenal playmaker was handed his first start in three matches for their 1-1 draw with FA Cup opponents Leeds United and the Russian was booed by sections of the Emirates crowd.

Despite what has been a frustrating season for the 29 year old his agent Dennis Lachter insists his client is happy to remain a Gunner.

"There's a possibility of Andrey (Arshavin's) move to Juventus, " Lachter told Russian news website lifesports.ru. "But there are two things that can prevent this deal.

"First, Arsenal can win the Premiership this year. The gold medal of the English league is a dream of any footballer.

"Second is the financial ability of Juve as Arsenal are demanding no less than £17m to release Arshavin.

"It's difficult for me to comment on certain items because he is a player who still has two-and-half-years on his contract with Arsenal and there are no formal offers.

"In any case I think it's just speculation. Juventus could have taken Arshavin two-and-a-half years ago, but they didn't want to.

"The player is happy in London. There could also be possibilities to move in January but, I repeat, we are talking about a player under contract and for which currently there is nothing concrete."

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