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Arshavin secures Zenit return

Andrey Arshavin has sealed a return to Zenit St Petersburg after his contract with Arsenal expired.

Last Updated: 27/06/13 at 15:18 Post Comment

Andrey Arshavin: Has left Arsenal for Zenit St Petersburg

Andrey Arshavin: Has left Arsenal for Zenit St Petersburg

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The 32-year-old, who became the Gunners' record signing in a £15m switch from Zenit in 2009, has struggled for form in recent seasons and fallen out of favour with manager Arsene Wenger.

On his return to Russia, Arshavin told the Zenit website: "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."

Arshavin made 144 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 31 times over the course of five seasons.

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think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

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e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

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n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

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