Arshavin: Leaving was right decision

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Andrei Arshavin believes moving back to Russia was the correct decision and admitted he does not know if he has a future at parent club Arsenal.


The Russia captain left Emirates Stadium in February to join former club Zenit St Petersburg on loan after losing form and falling out of favour with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger.


Arshavin revealed he would not be making any decisions over his future until after Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, where he is expected to continue captaining the Russian side, and admits performances in the tournament could be a factor in whether he stays with Arsenal or not.


“I haven't yet thought about (my future). Everything will be decided after the European Championship,” he told Russian newspaper Sport Express.


“Of course, the result and quality of play there could affect my destiny.”


The 30-year-old had experienced an indifferent year before making the loan move, he was criticised by fans for poor form and many believed he was not working hard enough.


Wenger initially kept faith with the diminutive forward but Arshvin was soon resigned to a substitutes role, playing second fiddle to Theo Walcott and new signing Gervinho.


Arshavin feels that the situation at the Gunners makes his loan move the correct decision.


“Without a doubt it was the right decision," he added.


“There are many reasons why. First of all, I am now playing, and that is paramount for any player as training is no substitute for matches.


“Second, I have returned to my hometown. Third, Zenit have done everything to make me feel comfortable and my thoughts are now only focused on football.”

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