Andrey Arshavin is a Russian professional footballer. Arshavin began his career at Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2000. He won numerous trophies with the club until his departure in 2009.
Won numerous trophies
The Russian Premier League, Russian Premier League Cup, Russian Super Cup, UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. During his time with Zenit, Arshavin was named Russian Footballer of the Year.
Andrey Arshavin was born in Leningrad, now Saint Petersburg, on 29 May 1981. Andrey’s father Sergey Arshavin played as an amateur footballer. It was his father who persuaded him to pursue a career in football after his own failure to become a professional football player.
Zenit to Arsenal
Following a breakout performance at Euro 2008 where he impressed in Russia’s run to the semi-final, Arshavin signed for English Premier League club Arsenal during the 2008-9 winter transfer window, becoming the most expensive player in Arsenal’s history at the time, with a fee of £15 million.
The most expensive player in Arsenal’s history
He was an important first team player at Arsenal in his first two seasons however a gradual decline in form and fitness led to a return to Zenit, initially on loan and then permanently in 2013.
FIFA World Cup & Euro 2004 and Euro 2008
Arshavin debuted for the Russian national team on 17 May 2002. He was overlook for the Russia squads at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2004.
His first goal with the squad came in a friendly match versus Romania on 13 February 2003. He has managed to score or assist in every competition which Russia has participated in.
He was Russia’s captain in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia. On 11 June 2009, Arshavin was made first-choice captain for Russia by manager Guus Hiddink.
Arshavin was confirmed for the finalized UEFA Euro 2012 squad on 25 May 2012. He started all three of their games in the group stage of Group A, as Russia were eliminated in the group stage, finishing third place behind on the head-to-head ruling.
Best midfielder of the tournament
Arshavin was statistically named the best midfielder of the tournament by UEFA, having earned the most assists in the least amount of minutes on the pitch.
Zenit Saint Petersburg
Russian Premier League: 2007, 2011–12, 2014–15
Russia Premier League Cup: 2003
Russian Super Cup: 2008
UEFA Cup: 2007–08
UEFA Super Cup: 2008
UEFA European Championship Semi-finalist: 2008
Ballon d’Or sixth place: 2008
Premier League most effective player: 2009
Premier League Player of the Month: April 2009
Russian Footballer of the Year: 2006
Russian Premier League Player of the Year: 2006
Baltic and Commonwealth of Independent States Footballer of the Year: 2007, 2008, 2009
UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 2008
UEFA Cup top assists: 2007–08
Russian Premier League top assists: 2007
Russian Premier League top assists: 2004
UEFA Cup Final Man of the Match: 2008
UEFA Euro top assists: 2012