Released Arsenal midfielder close to Zenit return
Arsenal news: Andrey Arshavin, who left the Gunners this summer, is set to re-join Zenit St. Petersburg
Former Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin is set to re-sign for Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg, the team in which he made a name for himself before signing for the Premier League side.
Arshavin, 32, was released by the Gunners this summer after a torrid couple of seasons at the Emirates Stadium - and he now looks set to move back to Russia in order to join his former club on a free transfer.
The Russian midfielder is Arsenal's highest ever transfer fee for a single player - the Gunners spent £15m on the midfield maestro after he impressed during the 2008 European Championships.
His signature was sought after and he eventually chose Arsenal and his career in London got off to a flyer.
His most memorable moment in an Arsenal shirt came away at Liverpool when he scored all four goals for Arsenal in a 4-4 draw.
The Russian will also be remembered for his winner against FC Barcelona in the Champions League.
The move for Arshavin to return to Zenit has been approved by the club owners and their chief executive, Alexei Miller, is excited at the prospect of re-signing the Russian playmaker.
"We have to remember that Arshavin is a product of Zenit and I think it right that a product of Zenit finishes his career at his native club," he commented. "Arshavin is a great Russian footballer and a great Petersburg sportsman."
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