Andrey Arshavin has dismissed reports of a move to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala and insists he is focused on the new season, with Arsenal.

Makhachkala's billionaire owner Suleyman Kerimov has already brought former Brazil international Roberto Carlos and Chelsea wing-back Yury Zhirkov to the capital of the Caucasus republic of Dagestan.

However, Arshavin, currently in Moscow ahead of Russia's friendly with Serbia later on Wednesday, denied rumours linking him to the club.

"I've already said, and can only repeat, that this season I will be at Arsenal," Arshavin told Sport Express.

"I haven't received any proposals from Makhachkala. I have not had any contact with the club or its representatives."

Manager Arsene Wenger is keen to offload a number of fringe players ahead of the new season, with Nicklas Bendtner confirming he will leave the London side in the next few weeks.

The 23-year-old striker spoke to Sky Sports on the eve of Denmark's game against Scotland. Asked if he was set to leave Arsenal, Bendtner said:

"Yes. I have done my part as well as I can and it's up to Arsenal now to sort it out, I can't do anything more.

"Hopefully it will be sorted soon but as I said to the Danish press, when I know something they will.

"I would like to play at a place where you are happy and play every week, that is the most important thing for any football player and hopefully that will happen soon."

Meanwhile, manager Arsene Wenger is reportedly interested in Manchester United forward Danny Wellbeck.

The 20-year-old impressed on loan at Sunderland last season, scoring six goals before injury curtailed his campaign.

Wenger has been criticised by supporters for his relative inactivity in the transfer market this summer. The London side have already signed the Cote d'Ivore forward Gervinho and Southampton youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain this summer but Wenger remains keen to bolster his defensive options, with Birmingham's Scott Dann a target.

Attention has turned to the £8m-rated Dann after Wenger's primary target, Everton's Phil Jagielka, indicated he would remain at Goodison Park.

"He's not come out and said he wants to go anywhere, so I guess that means he wants to stay," Jagielka's Everton team-mate Sylvain Distin told the Telegraph.

"I don't think any players want to leave here to be honest."

Dann, 24, is also a target for Liverpool, while scouts from both clubs watched Bolton's Gary Cahill last week.

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