Arsenal star set to leave Emirates Stadium in summer.
Arsenal’s veteran Russian playmaker Andrey Arshavin is set to leave the north London club this summer, says head coach Arsene Wenger.
The 31 year-old’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign, and reports surfaced this week suggesting he would retire from the game altogether.
His manager said Arshavin had yet to make that decision.
“His contract ends at the end of the season and then he will decide what to do,” said Wenger to his morning press conference, as reported on Arsenal.com.
“I don’t think he will stay here because he doesn’t play enough.”
Arshavin’s career at Emirates Stadium has very much been a cycle of peaks – such as his four goals at Anfield in April 2009 – and troughs like his current spell of rarely making the match squad.
The attacking midfielder has only tended to start in the Capital One Cup this season – traditionally the least heralded competition in English football, while appearances in the more prestigious Barclays Premier League, UEFA Champions League and FA Cup have been all too brief and fleeting.
Perhaps Arshavin will rediscover his drive and passion for football when he moves on this summer.