Zenit St Petersburg & Besiktas To Move For Free Agent Andrei Arshavin

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Recently-released Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin could be set for a return to former club Zenit St Petersburg, according to talkSPORT.

The Russian initially joined the Gunners from Zenit in 2009 in one of the biggest transfers of Arsenal’s recent history, though he never truly found his best form at the Emirates Stadium.

Arshavin has already returned to Zenit on loan, making the temporary move back to Russia for the second half of last season, and could now re-join the club permanently after coming to the end of his contract with Arsenal.

Turkish side Besiktas are also said to be interested in the 32-year-old, who barely featured in his final two seasons with Arsenal. However, his lack of game time and fitness doesn’t seem to have tarnished his reputation too much, as he was one of the most exciting players in Europe just a few years ago.

He first burst onto the scene with his performances for Russia at Euro 2008, which saw the likes of Barcelona and Chelsea linked with him. He continued his fine form in the early stages of his time with Arsenal, though he fell away from 2011 onwards as others forced their way past him into the Gunners’ first team.

He was also linked with Reading in January, and there were even rumours that he could be set to retire this summer, which he later denied.

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