Zenit clinch deal for Arsenal midfielder Arshavin

Zenit St Petersburg have announced the signing of Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin.

Zenit St Petersburg have announced the signing of Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin.

The former Russia captain joined the Gunners in February 2009 for a club record £15million but struggled to hold down a first-team place despite a promising start.

Arshavin had a spell back on loan at Zenit from February to July 2012 and will return to his hometown club permanently on a two-year deal when his Arsenal contract expires on July 1.

Arshavin said: "I am very glad that it happened. I am glad to get back to the city. It’s good to wear the Zenit shirt. I just want to play football.

"Of course, I want to return to the national team. I do not know whether being at Zenit helps this or not. I just want to play football. And I want to do it in my hometown."

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