Andrey Arshavin is reportedly shocked by suggestions he could retire from football at the end of the season, although the Russia international is still expected to end his Arsenal career come the summer transfer window.
The 31-year-old has played just once for Arsenal this year and, reports on Monday claimed, Arshavin has been considering hanging up his boots when the campaign ends, with his Gunners contract set to expire.
However, according to The Sun, Arshavin has been surprised by claims he will retire, and the forward intends to continue his career after leaving Arsenal even if, at present, there is a lack of genuine interest in his signature.
Arshavin arrived at Arsenal for a club record fee during the January transfer window of 2009 heralded as one of the most exciting players in Europe given his starring role for Russia during the European Championships of the previous summer.
The former Zenit Saint Petersburg star, however, has failed to live up to expectation during his time at the Emirates Stadium; showing only in glimpses the potential he possessed when he first signed for Arsenal.
Arshavin spent the second half of last season on loan at former club Zenit and is now expected to leave Arsenal permanently and the end of this campaign, with the diminutive forward intent on continuing his playing days with the World Cup to come next year.
The player has cost Arsenal £7800 for every minute of football he has featured in this season, while that cost increases to £30,000 for his outings in 2013.