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Arsene Wenger believes Andrei Arshavin will go to England or Italy - and not Spain as he prefers.

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Arsene Wenger believes Russian magician Andrei Arshavin will go to England or Italy - and not Spain as the player himself prefers. The Russian midfielder has proved an electrifying presence at the Euro 2008 finals as his unfancied team have made it to the semis against Spain. His impressive performances against Sweden and Holland have come after the player inspired Zenit St Petersburg to their Uefa Cup triumph over Rangers in Manchester. Such fantastic play has led the midfield dynamo to become one of the hottest properties in world football. Arshavin himself has spoken of how joining Barcelona - who he has supported all his life - would be a 'dream'. But the canny Wenger - who has proved himself a great judge in the transfer market - believes the Russian will be bound for the Premier League or Serie A.

Quite amazing

He said: "What is quite amazing is that Russia is the only country where a player like Arshavin suddenly comes to the world's attention at the age of 27. That is not possible anywhere else. "I wish I'd seem him at 21 or 22. I predict he will come to the Premier League, or go to a big club in Italy. The way he plays is something very special." He added: "He could be tempted by wanting to play in the best league, of course. And it could happen. Would you be surprised? If you ask me do I think he will be in the Premier League? I would say yes because that's a prediction." But Wenger admitted he does not know the situation at Zenit, or whether the player wishes to stay with the Russian side. "Maybe he'll want to stay because they play in the Champions League."

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