Out-of-favour midfielder Andrey Arshavin has revealed that he will decide his future after the conclusion of the upcoming European Championships in the summer.
The little Russian fell out of favour with Arsenal fans in a season where his poor form and lack of match time paved the way for a temporary exit from the Emirates to his home-club Zenit St. Petersburg in the January transfer window in order to push for a Euro spot.
Arshavin has often been labelled lazy by Arsenal fans through showing no real desire to track-back, but has undergone fitness training with a personal trainer to improve his physical shape.
While he has received similar scrutiny in Russia, he does feel the environment is more positive and for his benefit where he is playing week-in, week-out.
Arshavin is reported as saying by Goal.com
Without a doubt it was the right decision, there are many reasons why.
First of all, I am now playing, and that is paramount for any player as training is no substitute for matches.
Second, I have returned to my hometown. Third, Zenit have done everything to make me feel comfortable and my thoughts are now only focused on football.
I haven’t yet thought about [my future]. Everything will be decided after the European Championships. Of course the result and the quality of play there could affect my destiny.
With the recent arrival of Lukas Podolski, if Arshavin were to return to the Emirates permanently he would certainly be down the pecking order with Walcott, Gervinho, Chamberlain and maybe even Miyaichi and Benayoun (if he is signed permanently from Chelsea) ahead of him.
With this is in mind, I have little doubt that Arshavin will be allowed to leave the Emirates by Arsene Wenger as the depth in the primary position is very high and his contract has only little over a year before it runs out in June 2013. Certainly Wenger would not want to be paying his wages for the the final year of his contract and then lose him on a free transfer.
What do you guys think? Should he be allowed to leave or should Wenger give him another chance and extend his contract by a year? Feel free to leave a comment below!