Zenit St Petersburg’s coach, Luciano Spalletti, has spoken highly of former Arsenal man Andrei Arshavin after the Russian played for his hometown team for the first time after leaving north London.
Playing 68 minutes for Zenit against Dynamo Kiev, Arshavin played a key-role in Zenit’s equaliser even though they lost the game 2-1.
“I’m really happy with what I saw.
“It’s clear he still needs to work on his condition.
“There were moments when it looked like he was hopelessly tired, but in those moments he could come to life, speed the game up. It’s clear that his mastery of the game has gone nowhere.”
Arshavin is hoping to regain his place in the Russian national team, a place he lost when he could not get in to the Arsenal side.
Speaking about his decision to return home, Arshavin said that his last year at Arsenal was one of the hardest things he has had to endure.
Good luck at Zenit Andrei!