Andrei Arshavin will leave Arsenal after his contract with the Gunners expires this summer according to an article published in Goal.com
Arshavin and Arsenal appeared to be heading in different paths during the 2012/13 English Premier League [EPL] season.
Arshavin did not score any goals for the Gunners in the seven EPL matches he participated in according to ESPN-FC. Arsenal even loaned the Russian back to his old club Zenit St. Petersburg in the second half of the last EPL season.
The Gunners thought that maybe Arshavin could perform better in his country. At the same time, Arsenal might have been preparing for Arshavin’s exit.
The result was that Arshavin did not leave a great impression in his former club.
According to an article published in The Guardian, Zenit St. Petersburg manager Luciano Spalletti apparently made clear that Arshavin is not wanted. Spalletti considers that Arshavin is a different person from the time Zenit went to the Russian Premier League and the UEFA Cup.
Spalletti alleged that Arshavin did not perform well for Zenit during his loan spell. Arsenal and Zenit no longer want Arshavin which leaves him with three options.
Since Arshavin has little playing time and did not impress at Zenit, Russia is out of the question. Russia have younger players [Arshavin is in his 30’s] who could participate in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
What else happened that leaves Arshavin out of Russia?
Arshavin committed professional suicide with the Russian National Football team after its loss in Euro 2012. He argued with supporters of the Russian National team including a member of the Russian Duma [Parliament].
The midfielder blamed Russian supporters for the country’s early elimination from Euro 2012. These accusations and comments from Arshavin were rejected by his fellow Russians.
There were calls to expel Arshavin from the national team and the country. Fabio Capello added fuel to the fire after his appointment as Russia’s manager.
Capello agreed with Spalletti in that Arshavin is no longer football material. He eventually left Arshavin out of the Russian team for the World Cup.
Arshavin responded to Capello’s comments by apparently accusing the latter of not listening. It was a pity that Arshavin ended his days with Russia on this note.
If Arshavin wants to continue in football, he could consider signing with Anzhi Makhachkala. The club has older players such as Roberto Carlos and Samuel Eto’o.
He could train future generations of Russian players to play for Anzhi and Russia. The last years could be spent with Anzhi and might redeem him in the eyes of Russia.
Anzhi owner Suleyman Kerymov has the money to sign him and would do so. The other half of any proposed bargain would be if Arshavin is interested or not
This is a very likely scenario if Arshavin does not sign with Anzhi and cannot find another club. According to The Evening Standard with an h/t to the Telegraph, Arshavin is not content with his current state.
He does not want offers from clubs that are supposedly beneath him and does not want to play abroad. Arshavin would probably do better in retirement since he reached his limit in football.
Arshavin could attend to his family as well as assist in events with his family. Regardless of what happens, Arshavin left his mark in football for others to continue.