Arsenal outcast Arshavin considering retirement

Andrei Arshavin could retire from football at the end of the season when his Arsenal contract expires, the Daily Mail has reported.

Arshavin has been told by Arsene Wenger that he won’t be offered fresh terms and despite interest from Major League Soccer and China, the Russia international is said to have fallen out of love with football and may call time on his playing career, having made only seven league appearances for the Gunners this season.

Moving to Arsenal from Zenit St Petersburg in 2009 for what was then a club record fee, Arshavin returned to Zenit on loan in February 2012, spending a few months at his former club. The Mail adds however that the Zenit fans did not take to Arshavin upon his return and were critical of his attitude.

Arshavin has played around 150 games for Arsenal, scoring 31 goals, including all four in a 4-4 draw with Liverpool at Anfield shortly after he moved to the Premier League. He made more than 300 appearances in his two spells at Zenit, with his debut coming as a substitute against League Cup finalists Bradford City in the Intertoto Cup in 2000.

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