Andrei Arshavin will put an end to his nightmare spell at Arsenal by re-signing for Zenit St Petersburg, sources in Russia are claiming.
The Arsenal forward signed for the Gunners from the Russian champions for £15m in February 2009, but is reportedly planning a move back to his native country and Zenit are willing to meet Arsenal’s valuation of £8m for the underperforming player.
Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger has openly stated that he is ready to let the fringe players, like Carlos Vela, Denilson and Arshavin, leave in the window in order to generate some funds in order to strengthen his forward line that was carried in 2011 by goal machine Robin van Persie.
Things started very well for Arshavin in his early days at The Emirates, netting six goals in his first 12 games and terrorising full-backs through the Premier League with his silky dribbling skills. The pinnacle of his career at Arsenal came at Anfield, when he scored all four goals in an incredible 4-4 draw with Liverpool.
But since then his form has tailed off woefully and the fans have been disgruntled and frustrated with the form he has shown in his 16 Premier League appearances this season.
Arshavin himself, who has been frustrated with the lack of first-team opportunities, is keen to get back playing regularly as he worried about losing his place in the Russia team for Euro 2012.
Russia is his preferred option, but German club Schalke have also shown an interest in the player, although the pull of Zenit, where he is still regarded as a club legend, should be enough to convince the Russian to return to familiar waters.