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FULL NAME: Andrey Sergeyevich Arshavin

NATIONALITY: Russian

BORN: May 29 1981. Saint Petersburg, Russia

AGE: 27

HEIGHT / WEIGHT: 172cm / 62kg

PREVIOUS CLUBS: Zenit St Petersburg (2000– January 2009) 232 appearances (51 goals)

CLUB HONOURS: 2003 Russian Premier League Cup
2007 Russian Premier League
2008 Russian Super Cup
2008 UEFA Cup
2008 UEFA Super Cup

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TRANSFER DETAILS: Long-term contract for £17 million
POSITION: Midfielder

LATEST ARSHAVIN NEWS : Arshavin tips off Arsenal title rivals(Read on Fourm /or blog//

INTERNATIONAL CAREER: Russia (2002 - Present) 41 appearances (15 goals)

INTERNATIONAL DEBUT: May 17 2002 v Belarus (International friendly, in Moscow, Russia) 1-1, Belarus won 5-4 on pens.

FIRST ARSENAL GOAL : Vs Blackburn Rovers 4-0(W)

ARSENAL GOALS : 7

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  • Arshavin demands Arsenal bump up his £80,000-a-week deal to cover tax blow

    Conor Mckeon. by Conor Mckeon.
    Andrey Arshavin's agent has called on Arsenal to increase the star's huge £80,000-a-week wages just four months after arriving in England.

    The Russia forward agreed a three-and-a-half-year contract when he signed from Zenit St Petersburg for £15million.



    But his agent Dennis Lachter says the club should cover cost when the top rate of income tax rises from 40 per cent to 50p in the pound next April.

    'The British Government has suddenly started to solve their problems through the crisis of people who earn big money in the UK,' said Lachter


    'If a player has signed a contract, it is logical that there were certain obligations from the club on the money that the player receives.

    'Now suddenly, this tax rate change. The question arises: why, in this situation, must the player suffer? So, a club must deal with the problem.'

    He insisted that the government rather than the club were to blame, adding: 'This crisis will affect not only Andrey Arshavin, but Frank Lampard, Cristiano Ronaldo, the Queen of England, and so on.

    'The situation is not simple - it is understandable that no one wants to lose their money. The hostage of this situation are just clubs. And they will try to somehow resolve the issues.
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  • Arshavin tips off Arsenal title rivals

    Conor Mckeon. by Conor Mckeon.
    Arsenal forward Andrey Arshavin has told the Gunners' title rivals Liverpool and Manchester United to sign two of his fellow countryman to help them challenge for honours in 2009/10.

    The Russian international joined the Emirates Stadium outfit at the beginning of February for £15 million, and enjoyed an explosive start to his Premier League career, netting six league goals in 12 appearances, including four against Liverpool at Anfield.

    And the former Zenit St Petersburg playmaker - who has recently denied reports linking him with a quick return to Russia - says Rafael Benitez and Sir Alex Ferguson should ensure more Russian internationals are playing in the Premier League by landing two of Guus Hiddink's regulars for the national team.

    “Given that [Edwin] Van der Sar will not be around forever, Ferguson is most in need of a goalkeeper,” Arshavin told Sport Express.

    “I therefore advise him to sign [Igor] Akinfeev.

    "And Liverpool? Perhaps [Aleksandr] Anyukov.”

    23-year-old Akinfeev is currently a one-club man having played more than 100 league games for CSKA Moscow, earning 31 caps for Russia.

    While Anyukov, 26, plies his trade as a right-sided full-back for Arshavin's former club Zenit, making 95 league appearances - scoring seven times - since joining from Krylia Sovetov Samara in 2005.

    He has been capped 42 times by his country

    This was updated on the 5/6/09.
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  • Gooner of the Year : Andrei Arshavin

    Conor Mckeon. by Conor Mckeon.
    It wasn’t even close. 76% of you voted for Andrei Arshavin in the poll while Robin van Persie was a distant second at 58%. To put it another way, the difference between 5th place and 2nd place was just over 10%. It’s a comfortable win for the little Russian and here’s why.

    First, he had to overcome the negative press that those racists at Zenit were spewing in order to make themselves look like the better party in this deal. They tried to make him look like the whiner, like the guy who had been given everything and that they just wanted a fair deal out of it. But the truth was that they foolishly cup tied him in the Champions League, thus devaluing the player, and the fact that the Russian season doesn’t kick off until after the January transfer window meant that Arshavin wasn’t match fit, further devaluing the player in the January transfer window. When Andrei got to Arsenal he immediately gave an interview, where he showed off his impressive English skills, and set about dispelling all the rumors. He wanted to play for Arsenal.

    Second, he had to overcome his lack of match fitness. I’m not saying the guy was 200 lbs or something, just that no matter how much you work out it’s not the same as actually playing and practicing at full speed. There was a brief moment where we all thought we might see him against Spurs, only 8 days after signing, but it wasn’t to be. He remained on the bench until Feb 21st, 2009, against Sunderland, perhaps you remember the day? I do.


    Still it took him a few weeks to sort of settle in. The match against Fulham a week later, you could really see that the toll of the Premier League pace had gotten to him.

    And then the little Russian went on a tear, scoring or setting up goals in 5 games in a row; WBA, Burnley, Blackburn, Hull, and Newcastle. As he gained fitness, Arsenal started reaping the benefits and the club started winning games. That’s when I think we all knew we had something special, because a fully fit Arshavin was truly something to behold.

    Third, he had to overcome the physicality of the Premier League. Speaking of the Newcastle game, does anyone remember Steven Taylor’s vicious attack on Andrei? No?

    After the game Andrei simply said “The style of play is hard but not vicious. It is not something that I am used to but I understand it perfectly – you can’t relax for a second.” He had taken his lumps and came up a better man for it.

    Which brings us to the final obstacle that he had to overcome; Premier League defenses. Despite Man U’s blistering defeat in Rome, I still believe that in league play the English Premier League has the toughest defenses in the world. If you look at the top four defenses in the EPL, they concede less than a goal a game on average. So, scoring goals, against top clubs, in league play, is very hard. One player scoring two goals against a bottom club is pretty good, but one player scoring 4 goals, against a top club, on their patch, where they had only conceded 10 goals all season?

    No way.

    Yes way.

    I’m not going to put all four goals here, because one stands out as extra special and I don’t want it lost in the shuffle. It’s the type of goal that only the top, top class players take. It’s the type of goal that Gooners of the Year make.

    So, for overcoming all those obstacles, for playing beautifully, for scoring wonder goals, and for putting us on your back and securing fourth place, Andrei Arshavin, you are our Gooner of the Year.

    Transfer Rumors

    My one observant reader will notice that I have put a third page on my masthead, entitled “Players Who Didn’t Sign for Arsenal” it’s my little tongue in cheek look at all the guys that get linked to the club, that the press go gaga over, and who sign elsewhere. Today, we can add one name to that list, some Jerkoff from St. Racistberg, who signed for Chelsea. I’m hapy for them both.

    Future additions to the list could be:

    Gareth Ba
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  • Arshavin tips Liverpool to sign Anyukov

    Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin has tipped Liverpool’s Rafael Benitez to sign his former Zenit St Petersburg teammate Aleksandr Anyukov and hinted that Sir Alex Ferguson should look towards Igor Akinfeev if he wants to replace Edwin van der Sar in the Manchester United goal. Speaking ahead of Russia’s World Cup qualification match with Finland, the 28-year-old playmaker fielded questions from local press about life in England and also which players he felt could follow him to the Premier League.

    “Given that Van der Sar will not be around forever, Ferguson is most in need of a goalkeeper,” Arshavin stated.

    “I therefore advise him to sign Akinfeev…and Liverpool? Perhaps Anyukov.”

    Anyukov, a right sided wing-back, has been a favourite of Guus Hiddink in the Russian national team for several years as well as accumulating both domestic and UEFA Cup titles with Zenit St Petersburg. A steely competitor, the 26-year-old is known for his runs and effervescent wing-play

    News updated every 24 hours.

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  • Andrey Arshavin

    Arshavin, 27, who played a key part in Zenit’s UEFA Cup winning campaign last season, was also a member of the Russian EURO 2008 squad in which he scored two goals from his three appearances, earning him a place in the ‘Team of the Tournament’.

    Arshavin won the Russian Premier League with Zenit in 2007, making a total of 232 appearances for his previous club, scoring 51 goals. During his time with Zenit, he was also part of the winning team that picked up the Russian Super Cup in 2008, the Russian Premier League Cup in 2003 and featured in the UEFA Super Cup victory over Manchester United in Monaco last August.

    With 41 international caps for Russia, Arshavin has scored a total of 15 goals for his country. His versatility has allowed him to play in a variety of positions; the 2006 Russian Footballer of the Year started his career as a right midfielder, but has since played as an attacking midfielder and more recently has filled the ‘second striker’s’ role
    1999: Begins playing as a midfielder for Zenit St Petersburg's farm club, Zenit-2, in the Russian second division.

    2000: Makes his debut for Zenit's first team in a 3-0 win away to Bradford City in the Intertoto Cup.

    2002: May 17 - Makes his debut for Russia against Belarus.

    2003: February 13 - Scores his first goal for Russia in a 4-2 victory over Romania.

    2006: Named Russian Footballer of the Year.

    2007: November - Helps Zenit win their first Russian Premier League title since 1984, starting every game and scoring 10 goals along the way.

    2008: May 14 - Wins the UEFA Cup with Zenit and is named man of the match in the 2-0 win over Rangers in the final.

    June - Reaches the semi-finals of Euro 2008 with Russia, where they are knocked out by eventual winners Spain. He scores two goals in the tournament, including against Holland in the quarter-finals, and is named in the UEFA 'Team of the Tournament'.

    August 29 - Wins UEFA Super Cup with Zenit, beating Manchester United 2-1.

    October - Nominated for the Ballon d'Or, but eventually finishes sixth.

    2009: February 3 - Finally completes protracted transfer to Arsenal for an undisclosed fee, the deal only being ratified by the Premier League the day after the transfer window closed

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  • arsenal history before joining Arsenal football club

    1981 - May 29: Born, Leningrad, USSR (now Saint Petersburg, Russia).

    1988: Andrey starts playing football at the age of seven.

    1999-2000: Played for Zenit’s ‘farm club’, Zenit-2 in the Second Division.

    2000 - August 2: Makes debut for Zenit St Petersburg in 3-0 win over Bradford City at Valley Parade.

    2001: Runner-up in Russian Footballer of the Year.

    2002 - May 17: Makes international debut for Russia in 1-1 friendly draw with Belarus in Moscow. Russia lose 5-4 on penalties.

    2002: Runner-up in Russian Footballer of the Year.

    2003 - February 13: Scores first international goal. Russia’s third in a 4-2 friendly victory over Romania played in Limassol, Cyprus.

    2004: Runner-up in Russian Footballer of the year.

    2004 - October 9: Scores first competitive international goal. Russia’s second in a 4-0 victory in 2006 FIFA World Cup Qualifying.

    2005: Named Russian Footballer of the Year.

    2006: Named Russian Footballer of the Year.

    2007: starts all 30 matches as Zenit St Petersburg win their first Russian Premier League title since 1984.

    2008 - April 5: Alongside Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space, Arshavin carries the Olympic Torch through St. Petersburg, for the flame’s first appearance in the city since the 1980 Moscow Summer Games.

    2008: Instrumental in Zenit’s UEFA Cup winning team.

    2008: Included in Guus Hiddink’s Euro 2008 squad.

    2008 - June 18: After missing Russia’s first two Group D games against Spain and Greece, Arshavin returns for their third and final match with Sweden. After setting up the first goal he scores the second in a 2-0 win. Named man of the match.

    2008 - June 21: Arshavin repeats the heroics from the Group stages in the Quarter Final against Netherlands. With the scores tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes, he creates Russia’s second goal and adds their third in extra time. Named man of the match.

    June - 30 2008: Named in the four-man striking unit of the Euro 2008 Team of the Tournament.

    2008 - August 29: Arshavin plays the second half as Zenit beat Manchester United in the Uefa Super Cup.

    2008 - October 19: Arshavin named on shortlist for 2008 Ballon D’Or.

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