Andrey Arshavin: Too young to retire?

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Once held in high regard amongst Europe's top clubs, Andrey Arshavin will be leaving Arsenal at the end of the season, while some reports have even suggested that he is considering retiring from the sport.

The Russia international is out of a contract at the end of the season and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has made it clear that his tenure will not be extended due to the fact that he does not play enough games for the club.

What is disturbing is that Arshavin, at the age of 31, has reportedly considered retiring from football altogether. This seems like an extreme solution to his problems as he still might have something to offer to other clubs should they be willing to take him in.

He has been plagued with injuries and a loss of form has seen his appearances for his club severely limited. He has only made seven league appearances for the Gunners this season without netting a single goal - a stark comparison to the 2010/11 campaign, where he featured a staggering 52 times for the London club.

Perhaps his injuries have truly plagued him and have robbed him of his form. On the off-chance that he manages to recover from his injury issues, he could go on to play for other clubs in Europe who would welcome such an experienced and quality player without having to fork out any transfer fee.

Clearly he is not wanted at the Emirates Stadium anymore but that should not deter him from carrying on at the highest level. Perhaps what he needs is to regain his confidence, gain his fitness and form.

There is no doubting his quality as he was once a highly-rated player in Europe who cost Arsenal £15m in 2009 - money well spent on a player with the background of being captain for the Russian national team and making 74 appearances for his country.

Quality is not lost on the player and it would be a waste if he does retire at his current age.


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