Andrei Arshavin is a Russia international footballer who currently features for Russian giants Zenit Saint Petersburg. He is a forward and can also play as an attacking midfielder or a winger and rose to international acclaim in the summer of 2008 when he emerged as one of the best players in Euro 2008.
Arshavin graduated from the Smena football school and after playing for Zenit’s farm club (Zeni-2) in the Russian second division in 1999 and early 2000, he was inducted into the Zenit St. Petersburg first team squad.
Arshavin made his debut for Zenit in a 3-0 away win over Bradford City in the Intertoto Cup and after his string of colossal performances was awarded the Russian Premier League player for the season. His versatility earned him tremendous adulation.
In 2007 Arshavin was instrumental in guiding Zenit to the domestic league title as he started all the 30 league matches, scored 10 goals and provided 11 assists. He also guided Zenit to the 2008 UEFA Cup success. He has made more than 200 league appearances for his club.
Arshavin was signed by Arsenal in January 2009 and became an instant hit in the remainder of the 2008-09 campaign. However, in the last two seasons he has failed to recapture his form but still remains an important part of Arsene Wenger’s unit. He moved back to Zenit on loan in 2012 and scored three goals in 10 league appearances for them. Arshavin returned to Arsenal in the summer of 2012, but a year later he joined his former club Zenit.
Arshavin made his international debut for Russia in May 2002 against Belarus and scored his first goal for his nation in a friendly international against Romania on February 13, 2003. He rose to prominence during the Euro 2008 finals in Austria and Switzerland when, in spite of missing the first two group stage matches, was a sensation for the rest of the competition and led Russia to the semi-finals of the competition. Andrei Arshavin was included in the UEFA’s Euro 2008 squad.