Emirates Stadium attacker makes Russian return.
Arsenal’s Andrey Arshavin has rejoined Russian side Zenit St Petersburg on loan until July.
The 30-year-old Russia international has scored just one Premier League goal this season in 19 appearances, coming on 11 times as a substitute.
The Russian captain, who has played 67 times for his country, joined Arsenal from Zenit in January 2009.
He has been the focus for criticism from some Arsenal fans frustrated at the club’s see-saw form this season.
Notably, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger had to defend his decision to replace Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with Arshavin during a 2-1 defeat by Manchester United in January.
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This is a move that suits all concerned. Andrei Arshavin has looked disinterested in recent months and has been and ineffective attacking weapon and Arsene Wenger probably felt the time was right to allow the Russian international to leave the club on a loan deal that will help the 30 year old attacker to get regular first team football ahead of the Euro 2012 finals.
Thus far this term Arshavin has made just eight Premier League starts and the emergence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the return of Gervinho from African Nations Cup duty offers Wenger the strength in depth to be able to allow a loan deal to take place.
There was reported interest from Anzhi but a return to Zenit appears to have been more amenable to the experienced Russian international.
Andrei Arshavin racked up over 300 appearances for Zenit St Petersburg prior to his move to Arsenal in January 2009. The pint sized wide-man made an instant impact at the Gunners, scoring six and assisting seven in his first 12 Premier League matches for the North London club, most notably remembered for his four goal haul at Anfield during a stunning 4-4 draw, but overall his time at the Emirates Stadium has been a disappointment.