Andrei Arshavin was considered as a very good buy when Arsene Wenger had bought him from Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2009. Arshavin started his Arsenal career in a blistering way. In his debut season for the Gunners, he was in his peak form.
Arshavin put up some really impressive performances in the second half of the 2009-10 Season. He caught the eye of everyone by finding the net 4 times in a match against Liverpool. However, his efforts didn’t secure Arsenal’s victory. That match ended in the form of a draw.
However, after that first season, Arshavin’s performance has deteriorated gradually. In the ongoing season, he hasn’t started even one Premier League match for the Gunners.
Arshavin’s contract with the Gunners will finish at the end of the season and Arsenal is not expected to extend the contract of the Russian striker. So, Arshavin will be leaving Arsenal this summer.
There have been reports that an Azerbaijan Premier League team Khazar Lankaran is interested in Arshavin. A few days ago, the president of Lankaran had hailed Arshavin and had said that he would love to bring the Russian striker in the Lankaran camp.
There is no doubt that Arshavin will get big weekly salary at Lankaran, but, playing in Azerbaijan might damage his chances of being selected in his national team in the future.
Arshavin will be approached by a lot of clubs during the summer transfer window; that’s for sure. A few Russian and English clubs might also be interested in him. But, while accepting any offer, he must keep in mind his future in international football as well. If he wants to represent Russia for a few more years, he should try to continue playing in a big league.