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Saturday 16 December 2017

Arshavin in shock loan move to Zenit

IN AN oddly-timed move, Arsenal have allowed midfielder Andrey Arshavin to rejoin Zenit St Petersburg on loan until July.

Just before the crucial north London derby, it has been announced that the 30-year-old will go back to the club which kick-started his career before he moved to north London in early 2009.

Arshavin, Arsenal's most expensive signing at £15million, has been a bit-part player this season, making most of his 27 appearances as a substitute. He has also fallen out of favour with the Gunners' fans and this move will confirm his flop status. But it leaves the Gunners short of manpower in their push for fourth spot.

The move may have come as a surprise to manager Arsene Wenger, who said yesterday that he did not expect Arshavin to rejoin his former club before the Russian transfer window closed, while revealing he "would not stand in his way" should an 11th-hour agreement be reached.

However, the Russian club said last night on their website: "Arshavin is back!"

They added: "FC Zenit welcomes the return of Andrey Arshavin to St Petersburg." The player himself said on Twitter: "It's done."

Arshavin made 98 league appearances, scoring 23 goals, and 133 appearances in total for the Gunners.

He also confirmed the transfer on his official website. "I have transferred to Zenit," the player said yesterday.

"On loan. The details tomorrow when you wake up."

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