Andrey Arshavin Set To Return To Zenit Saint Petersburg

Andrey Arshavin Set To Return To Zenit Saint Petersburg

Former Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin is reportedly set to return to his former club Zenit Saint Petersburg.

Andrey Arshavin Set To Return To Zenit Saint Petersburg

The 32-year-old Russia international was released by the Gunners and now Zenit's owners, the gas giant Gazprom, have approved his acquisition.

Gazprom's chief executive Alexei Miller told Sport Express Daily: "We have to remember that Arshavin is a product of Zenit and I think it right that a product of Zenit finishes his career at his native club.

"Arshavin is a great Russian footballer and a great Petersburg sportsman."

Arshavin played a starring role in Zenit's 2008 UEFA Cup success and then performed superbly for Russia in the 2008 European Championships.

However, he failed to build on a promising start to his career with Arsenal and spent time on loan with Zenit during the 2011/12 season.

Sport Express reports the main conditions of his new Zenit contract have been agreed, following a meeting with Miller and Zenit manager Luciano Spalletti.

Zenit are looking to strengthen their side following the departure of Russian star Igor Denisov, who is to join big-spending Anzhi Makhachkala.

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