Arshavin accuses Wenger of losing faith in him at Arsenal
Andrei Arshavin has said his Arsenal career came to an end because he no longer had the faith of manager Arsene Wenger, the Daily Mirror has reported. The Russia international added he did not know why Wenger no longer trusted him.
Arshavin left Arsenal in the winter transfer window, returning to his native Russia on loan with Zenit St. Petersburg. The winger remains Arsenal’s record purchase, with the Mirror putting the cost of signing Arshavin from Zenit in 2009 at £15m, and the newspaper also puts the agreed fee to take Arshavin back to Russia permanently at £6m, less than half what Wenger originally paid to bring Arshavin to England.
The 30-year-old is quoted as saying: “I suffered different problems at Arsenal. I lost the confidence of the coach. I wasn’t sure why. But I wasn’t getting the chances to play.”
In his time at the Emirates Stadium Arshavin made 135 appearances, scoring 30 goals, including all four of Arsenal’s efforts in a memorable 4-4 draw with Liverpool at Anfield. Prior to returning to Zenit Arshavin had this season made 27 appearances for the Gunners, scoring twice.
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