OFFICIAL – Arshavin is a Gooner
Well 24 hours after the transfer window closed, Arsenal FC have announced that Andrei Arshavin has joined Arsenal from Zenit St Petersburg for an undisclosed fee on a three and half year contract.
Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that Russian international midfielder, Andrey Arshavin has joined the Gunners from Zenit St. Petersburg on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.
Arshavin, 27, who played a key part in Zenit’s UEFA Cup winning campaign last season, was also a member of the Russian EURO 2008 squad in which he scored two goals from his three appearances, earning him a place in the ‘Team of the Tournament’.
Arshavin won the Russian Premier League with Zenit in 2007, making a total of 232 appearances for his previous club, scoring 51 goals. During his time with Zenit, he was also part of the winning team that picked up the Russian Super Cup in 2008, the Russian Premier League Cup in 2003 and featured in the UEFA Super Cup victory over Manchester United in Monaco last August.
With 41 international caps for Russia, Arshavin has scored a total of 15 goals for his country. His versatility has allowed him to play in a variety of positions; the 2006 Russian Footballer of the Year started his career as a right midfielder, but has since played as an attacking midfielder and more recently has filled the ‘second striker’s’ role.
This transfer has had so many twists and turns that it would not surprise anyone if two months down the line someone found a box had not been ticked or something stupid.
Well Andrei is ours now, let us hope he settles in quickly and makes his debut on Sunday at White Hart Lane. He will be a great asset for the club.