Andrey Arshavin



Andrey Sergeyevich Arshavin (Russian: Андре́й Серге́евич Арша́вин [ɐnˈdrʲej sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvʲɪtɕ ɐrˈʂavʲɪn]; born 29 May 1981) is a Russian professional footballer who currently plays as a winger for FC Kairat in the Kazakhstan Premier League. Arshavin began his career at Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2000. He won numerous trophies with the club until his departure in 2009: the Russian Premier League, Russian Premier League Cup, Russian Super Cup, UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. During his time with Zenit, Arshavin was named Russian Footballer of the Year. Following a breakout performance at UEFA Euro 2008 where he impressed in the Russia national team's run to the semi-final, Arshavin signed for English Premier League club Arsenal during the 2008–09 winter transfer window, becoming the most expensive player in Arsenal's history at the time, with a fee of £15 million. He was an important first team player at Arsenal in his first two seasons, however a gradual decline in form and fitness led to a return to Zenit, initially on loan and then permanently in 2013.

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