Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin looks set to re-join former club Zenit St Petersburg after his contract expired at the Emirates. 

Arsenal's record signing has struggled since his arrival from Russia, and the £90,000-a-week midfielder has failed to persuade Gunners manager Arsene Wenger to offer him a new deal. 

Despite his under-achieving, many Arsenal fans will remember the Russian for the four-goal brace he scored against Liverpool at Anfield on April 21st 2009, meaning the game ended in a 4-4 draw.

Despite only making 11 appearances in an Arsenal shirt this season, Arshavin has attracted attention from the MLS, Turkey and the Middle East. 

But it is Zenit St Petersburg who are leading the race to sign the Russian, with Zenit boss Luciano Spalletti interested in offering Arsenal a deal.

Speaking to Russian reporters, Spalletti said: "Andrey is an interesting player for any big club in Russia because he is characteristic and has quality.

"I believe there is a commitment within the club as a priority for a possible return to Russia, but I cannot say whether there has been any negotiations."

And it seems like Arshavin is not the only "dead-weight" being shifted out of Arsenal this summer. Sebastian Squillaci, Nickolas Bendtner, Denilson and Marouane Chamakh are also likely to be shown the door by the Frenchman.

Should these players move on, this would free up significant funds for new players, with Arsenal being linked with Stevan Jovetic of Fiorentina and Clement Grenier of Lyon.

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