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Andrei Arshavin: Go West Young Man

After his sublime performance in the 2008 UEFA Cup victory over Rangers FC, Arshavin can expect to hear from some of Europe’s elite.  Clubs preparing for next year’s Champions League appear to be his most likely destination.  A closer look at the playmaker’s career follows.

Andrei Arshavin came up through Zenit St. Petersburg’s youth system playing with Zenit-2 in 1999 and 2000.  After this apprenticeship, he moved to the senior club full-time in 2000.  Arshavin was moved all around the midfield before settling in as a second striker; although, if needed he can return to a midfield playmaker or winger role.

His versatility, vision, and playmaking attributes played a large role in his being named as the Russian Footballer of the Year in 2006.  In 2007, Zenit St. Petersburg won the Russian Premier League.  Andrei enjoyed a successful campaign with 10 goals and 11 assists.  He has played his entire club career in St. Petersburg with Zenit.  In 214 matches, he has 47 goals.

Internationally, he has scored ten times in 33 national team appearances.  With goals against Euro 2008 participants Germany, Portugal, and Romania, the forward can be counted on to perform against top competition.  He will not be able to play in Euro 2008 until the third group match.

Will he end up in Germany, England, or remain in Russia with Zenit as they prepare for Champions League play?