Andrei Arshavin has become something of a scapegoat for Russia’s Euro 2012 exit, with exceptional exception being taken to some of his comments by Zenit St. Petersburg owner Valery Golubov. Zenit are Arshavin’s hometown/boyhood club, and he spent the latter part of the season on loan there, helping them to the title.
If you have had high expectations for our team here, then it’s your problem, not ours.
Said in the aftermath of Russia’s defeat to Greece, the comment drew widespread criticism from the Russian media, prompting Golubov to say that he should be “deported“.
Given that the Russian league seemed to be the most likely option for Andrei to return to, and that he’s repeatedly stated he would only ever play for Zenit, that avenue seems to have been closed. For now we might want to pay more attention to rumours of a move to Galatasaray rather then anticipate his loan move being made permanent.
The Owly one has since made an attempt to be more conciliatory:
The result has disappointed us and, of course, all our fans. We understand that.
As team captain, on behalf of our players and myself personally, I would like to apologise for our performance and the result that we had.
It’s not right to shy away [from criticism]. That’s why I took this moment to say something on this subject. I will do it only once and will not talk about this any further.
Many things are said in the heat of the moment, and both Arshavin and Golubov might sit down and realise this was all a bit silly. As you can see from the sexy picture above, Andrei is extremely patriotic, and would happily dye for his country.