Former Arsenal record signing Andrei Arshavin claims that he may quit football if he does not receive any offer from a new club in the next few months.
The 34-year-old winger was recently released from his contract at Kuban Krasnodar. He had been at the Russian Premier League for only 12 months and he made only eight appearances during this period. The lack of match fitness has been a major constraint for Arshavin in the last few years. He was once the record signing for Arsenal, but his performances faded during the latter part of his time at the Emirates stadium.
Arshavin spent only a few seasons in the Premier League but he holds some important memories like scoring four past Liverpool in a single match. He first came to prominence while representing Russia at the Euro 2008. His dazzling array of skills coupled with an end product persuaded Wenger to splash out an incredible £ 15 million, which was a club record back then, on the player. Poor fitness was one of the first issues faced by Arshavin, as he went from one injury to the other. The winger went on to make more than 100 appearances for Arsenal before joining Zenit Saint Petersburg on a loan deal in 2012.
“If I get one [offer from a club], I will study the offer, otherwise I might quit football,” said the player about his plans for the future.“Kuban Krasnodar would like to thank Andrei Arshavin for the time he spent in a yellow and green shirt and we wish him all the success in his future professional career, in whatever role he may undertake,” said his former club in a statement while announcing the termination of his contract.Arshavin began his professional career with Zenit Saint Petersburg 16 years ago.