Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin has rejoined Zenit St Petersburg for the remainder of the Premier League season.
The 30-year-old has scored just twice for The Gunners this season, amid a raft of uncertain displays in Arsene Wenger’s stuttering side.
Arshavin joined The Emirates Stadium side in 2009 for £15 million, and has often been the source of support frustration among the Arsenal faithful.
The move has been motivated by Arshavin’s desire to earn increased first-team opportunities prior to the summer’s European Championships.
The Russian international has scored 30 goals in 133 appearances, including a stunning four-goal salvo against Liverpool, while his winning goal against Barcelona in last season’s Champions League is the fondest memory of his time in England.
With Gervinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain having joined the club during the summer, and Theo Walcott continually persisted with on the right side of Arsenal’s attack, Arshavin’s opportunities to impress have been few and far between.
Supporter unrest concerning Arshavin came to a head during January’s meeting with Manchester United, which saw a chorus of booing meet the introduction of the former Zenit player.