Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has handed a life line to Andrey Arshavin by suggesting that he still has a future at the club despite being sent on loan last season.
The Russia international arrived at the Emirates back in 2009 with plenty of expectation on his shoulders after impressing for his country at Euro 2008, where he helped them reach the semi-finals of the competition.
Arshavin initially impressed as he scored all four goals in the 4-4 draw against Liverpool in April of 2009 but he has since come under pressure from the Arsenal fans who have been unhappy with his performances.
Wenger also seemingly ran out of patience with the attacking midfielder and made the decision to allow him to rejoin former club Zenit St. Petersburg on-loan towards the end of last season.
Zenit did not manage to complete a permanent deal for Arshavin and it seems he will now hold talks with Wenger to see if he will be pulling on the Arsenal shirt again next season.
"With Arshavin, it depends. We have to sit together and talk. He could still have a future at the club," Wenger is quoted as saying on ESPN.
However, it appears as though it is the end of the road for three players from the first team squad as Wenger revealed that Nicklas Bendtner, Sebastien Squillaci and Park Chu-Young would all be allowed to leave this summer.
"Bendtner, Squillaci and Park will be on their way to go somewhere," added Wenger.
While Park had failed to trouble the first team, Bendtner and Squillaci have both previously been considered crucial members of the first team, with the Danish forward having made more than 100 appearances in all competitions for the club.
Bendtner spent last season on-loan at Sunderland but it does not seem as though Martin O'Neill has any interest in trying to sign the striker on a permanent deal.
There may be interest from elsewhere after the forward particularly impressed for Denmark at Euro 2012 where he scored two goals against Portugal in the group stages of the competition.