Arshavin attracting interest from Russia after Arsenal exit

The curtain has finally come down on Andrei Arshavin’s difficult spell at Arsenal and the Russia international is attracting interest from his homeland, as well as the United States’ MLS, Turkish giants Fenerbahce and clubs in the Middle East, according to the Daily Mirror.

Arshavin has had no thoughts of retirement, the newspaper claims, and is hopeful of securing a long-term contract this summer now his £90,000 per week deal at the Emirates Stadium has come to an end.

Zenit St Petersburg, Arshavin’s former club, have expressed an interest in the midfielder, with manager Luciano Spalletti confirming as much. “Andrei is an interesting player for any big club in Russia because he is charismatic and has quality,” Spalletti said. “I believe there is a commitment within the club as a priority for a possible return to Russia, but I can’t say whether there have been any negotiations.

Arshavin marked his 2009 arrival at Arsenal with four goals in a single game against Liverpool but failed to maintain such high standards, eventually being allowed to return on loan to Zenit in 2012. He made only 11 appearances for the Gunners in the season just finished, the last coming against Chelsea in mid-January. Arshavin turns 32 on May 29.

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