Andrei Arshavin returns to home club Zenit

Arshavin, born in Saint Petersburg in 1981 when it was still known as Leningrad, started his career in the Zenit reserves in 1999 while still a teenager. Almost a decade at the club saw him score 71 goals in 310 matches and win Russian premier league titles as well as the UEFA Cup in 2008. He also lit up the 2008 Euro where Russia reached the semi finals.

updated: June 27, 2013 13:37 IST
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Moscow: Russia's former international captain Andrei Arshavin has agreed a two-year deal to return to his native club Zenit St Petersburg after a frustrating half decade at London's Arsenal, Zenit announced Thursday.

The return of Arshavin, 32, to Zenit had been rumoured in the Russian press for several days but the final signing of the deal had apparently been delayed by wrangling over the small print.

"One of the best footballers in Russia of the last decade is returning to his home city," Zenit said in a statement, confirming that the contract was for two years.

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