Leaving Arsenal was the right decision, admits Arshavin

Andrei Arshavin has admitted that leaving Arsenal earlier this season was the right decision for all concerned, the Indepedent has reported.

The Russia international had made only eight starts for the club this season, having been signed from Zenit St. Petersburg for a club record £15m in 2009. The winger was allowed to return on loan to Zenit in February, before the close of the Russian transfer window, after a tumultuous season with the Gunners that even saw Arshavin booed by his own fans.

Arshavin said: “Without a doubt it was the right decision. There are many reasons why. First of all, I am now playing, and that is paramount to any player…Second, I have returned to my hometown. Third, Zenit have done everything to make me feel comfortable and my thoughts are now focused only on football.

While Arshavin remains an Arsenal player he added he does not know what his long-term future will be, with it only to be decided after this summer’s European Championships.

Arshavin has thus far made 135 Arsenal appearances, scoring 30 goals, including all four in a 4-4 draw with Liverpool shortly after the player arrived in the Premier League. Arshavin was named Premier League Player of the Month in April 2009, shortly after hitting his quadruple at Anfield.

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