Arsenal fans were shown a glimpse of what's to come at the 2008 European Championships when Andrei Arshavin dazzled as Russia reached the semi-finals of the competition. The Gunners made a big coup by signing Andrei Arshavin from Russian Premier League giants Zenit St. Peters burg at the end of the European Championships in 2008 in what was a record fee for the Gunners as at then.
It was reported that Arsenal paid around £15m to secure his signature and he made a slower start than expected by the fans. Andrei Arshavin didn't pick up until the winter term and the ex-Russian national team skipper took his form to a new level in the new year (2009). His best game for Arsenal was undoubtedly the eight-goal thriller shared by hosts Liverpool and Arsenal in April 2009. Andrei Arshavin scored all the four Arsenal goals as he was able to put a big dent on the title challenge of Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez and his players.