Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin recently completed his loan move to Zenit St Petersburg from English club Arsenal on the final day of the January transfer window. The player has been linked with a lot of clubs prior to moving to Zenit St Petersburg due to the lack of playing time at Arsenal. Now, Andrei Arshavin has said that it was certainly a good decision to leave Arsenal in the January transfer window because it has no meant that he is now capable of challenging for a place in the Russian squad at the Euro 2012. There is only a month before the Euro 2012 begins.
However, Andrei Arshavin’s place in the Russian team worse a major doubt due to the lack of regular playing time at Arsenal. Arshavin was one of the major successes at the last European Championships, which persuaded Arsenal to pay up to £ 15 million for the striker a few seasons ago. Despite impressing in England initially, his performances have dropped in the last couple of months. Many have been arguing that Arshavin has been played out of position in the Arsenal team due to the presence of Fabregas in the centre of midfield. Arshavin’s best position is just behind the striker.
“First of all, I am now playing, and that is paramount for any player as training is no substitute for matches. Second, I have returned to my hometown. Third, Zenit have done everything to make me feel comfortable and my thoughts are now only focused on football. I haven’t yet thought about [my future]. Everything will be decided after the European Championships. Of course the result and the quality of play there could affect my destiny,” said Arshavin ahead of the announcement of the squads for the Euro 2012, in which he hopes to play a major part.