An interesting report from The Evening Standard has come to light that suggests Andrei Arshavin is set to walk away from the game entirely at just 32-years-old this summer when his contract expires with the Gunners.
The currently 31-year-old cost the Gunners £15 million when he signed from Zenit St Petersburg in the winter transfer window of 2009 after an emphatic Euro 2008 competition put him on the radar of Europe’s elite sides. He exploded onto the scene for Arsenal scoring a memorable four goals in 4-4 draw against Liverpool during his first season, however he slowly slid down the pecking order as the seasons went on.
The Gunners attempted to offload the Russian playmaker in the winter window as he has made just seven substitute appearances in the Premier League this season and has not featured for Arsene Wenger’s side since the 2-1 defeat against Chelsea in January. Reading came calling however there are suggestions that they could either not match his extraordinary wage package that he is collecting at Emirates Stadium or that the attacker was unwilling to play for a club at the bottom end of the Premier League.
Options are running thin for the former Russian captain with past employers Zenit look unlikely to make a third move for their former star after he spent the second half of last season on loan and won his place back into the international squad for Euro 2012. But despite the fact that the experienced campaigner still has some quality left in the tank, apparently he is ready to hang up his boots.
The report suggested:
Sources close to Arshavin suggest he may continue with another club next season should a suitable offer arise but that at present interest in taking the player “couldn’t be colder”.
The out of favour winger could also look to remain in London as he is currently dating a local woman, and perhaps he may put his fashion degree into practice full time (no joke). Arshavin took classes as a 17-year-old to meet more women while playing football and developed a clothing line. Perhaps if he retires he may look to take his hobby to the high streets of London?
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Here is proof of his fashion degree, Arshavin previously revealed:
When I turned 17, I had to choose which university to attend.
My friends and I decided to try for the technology and design institute because there were lots of girls among the students and you didn’t have to study too hard, or so we thought. I enrolled in the chemical technology department.
But when I began training with Zenit I had to miss a lot of classes. I transferred to the clothes design department. I have designed several garments myself.
Arshavin Career Statistics:
£15M – paid to Zenit for Arshavin so late on transfer deadline day that the deal was not confirmed until the following day
145 – games for the north London club, 48 of which were from the substitutes’ bench
31 – goals in four years, an average of 4.7 games per goal
577 – days since his last League goal for the club . . . against Swansea
55 – of his 97 starts ended with him being taken off by Arsene Wenger
75 – caps for Russia with 17 goals at an average of one every 4.4 games