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Former Arsenal striker Andrei Arshavin to be released by Zenit

Ex Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin will be searching for a new club in the summer, as Zenit Saint Petersburg are set to release the Russian when his contract expires at the end of the season.

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Zenit boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed that the club have no desire to offer Arshavin and midfielder Anatoly Tymoshchuk an extension to their expiring contracts, leaving the duo with uncertain futures in football.

“The situation is developing so that their contracts run out,” the former Chelsea boss was quoted by the Daily Mail as revealing.

Arshavin made the switch to Arsenal on deadline day of the 2009 January transfer window, but failed to nail down a regular place at the Emirates Stadium.

He finally ended his misery in England by sealing a return to Russia with a free transfer to Zenit in June 2013, but similarly has spent much of his time on the bench.

Zenit are currently eight points clear at the top of the Russian Premier League, and look poised to win their first title since the 2011-12 campaign.

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