Zenit Saint Petersburg have confirmed the signing of Andrei Arshavin.
The move, which comes after months of speculation about his future, sees the Russian international sign a two year deal with the option of an extension.
Speaking about his return home to the Zenit website, the Russian declared:
“I am very glad that it happened. I am glad to get back to the city. It’s good to wear the Zenit shirt. I just want to play football.”
Asked if the move might aid his chances of returning to the international scene the 32-year-old confirmed it was his aim but played down whether or not it would happen.
“Of course, I want to return to the national team. I do not know whether being at Zenit helps this or not. I just want to play football. And I want to do it in my hometown.”
Arshavin famously helped Zenit to triumph in the UEFA Cup in 2008 and also has two league titles to his name including last year’s success while on loan at the Petrovsky Stadium.
According to the Zenit website he helped Arsenal to the bronze medal in the Premier League 2009/10. It’s shame we didn’t hold an open bus tour for him.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, best of luck to Andrei. May time and nostalgia bestow Petrovic-esque cult status on your time with the Gunners.