Zenit St Petersburg have declined the chance to buy Andrey Arshavin back from Arsenal. Russian media speculate that the 31-year-old’s outspoken comments about Russia’s disappointing Euro 2012 campaign might be behind the decision.
A few hours after Russia made their exit from the tournament after being beaten by unfancied Greece, team captain Arshavin could be found in the lobby of Warsaw’s Bristol Hotel telling a group of Russian fans that if they were upset by the team’s performance, then that was “their problem.”
Now it seems it is Arshavin who is beginning to have problems. With just two weeks to go before the start of the new Russian Premier League season, Zenit, where Arshavin has spent the last half-a-year on loan, are reluctant to keep the player in their squad.
With no reported bids from Russian or English clubs, the disgraced forward is allegedly trying to find a job in Italy.
Arsenal want £8 million for the player, so if any of the Italian giants decide Arshavin is worth that sum, he might be plying his trade in Italy next season.