Russian footballer Andrei Sergeyevich Arshavin is returning to his hometown club Zenit (Saint Petersburg) on loan for the remainder of the current English Premier League season. Arshavin played for Zenit during 8 years before joining Arsenal in February 2009.
During his time with the ‘Gunners’, Arshavin has scored 30 times in 133 appearances, and had earned a special place in Arsène Wenger’s first squad. Recently, Arshavin and other Arsenal players have been booed by the club’s supporters due to a poor performance and lack of positive results.
Arshavin is not the only Arsenal footballer on loan. Strikers Carlos Vela, Nicklas Bendtner and Ryo Miyaichi have been also transferred in order to maximise their opportunities for regular first-team football.
Although Arsenal is currently struggling to make its way up in the general table at Barclays Premier League, chief executive Ivan Gazidis is confident in getting a spot in the UEFA Champions League and shaping a strong team:
Our supporters have to put aside the questions, put aside the doubts and put aside the differences of opinion and got behind the team. If that can happen between now and the end of the season, I know that we can achieve Champions League qualification, we can rebuild and regroup and come back strong: Ivan Gazidis.
Well be following Arshavin’s performance in Saint Petersburg, as well as Arsenal’s road to the top of the table in the next few weeks.
By the way, Saint Petersburg will be one of the host cities in Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup®.
February 26th, 2012.