22 Facts About Andrey Arshavin

1. Andrey Arshavin began his career at Zenit Saint Petersburg in 2000.

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2. Andrey Arshavin was born in Leningrad, now Saint Petersburg, on 29 May 1981.

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3. In October 2008, Andrey Arshavin was nominated for the prestigious Ballon d'Or award, along with 29 others in a list that included compatriot Yuri Zhirkov.

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4. At Arsenal Andrey Arshavin wore the number 23 shirt, last worn by Sol Campbell.

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5. On 14 March 2009, Andrey Arshavin scored his first Arsenal goal in a very tight angle going solo against Blackburn Rovers in the 65th minute of the game.

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6. Andrey Arshavin provided the cross for Robin van Persie's late equaliser in that game.

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7. On 10 September 2011, Andrey Arshavin scored his first goal of the season against Swansea City after a bizarre mistake by goalkeeper Michel Vorm.

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8. On 11 February 2012, Andrey Arshavin provided Thierry Henry with the winning goal in the match against Sunderland.

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9. In total, Andrey Arshavin made 11 appearances in his second spell at Zenit, scoring three goals.

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10. On 27 June 2013, it was announced that Andrey Arshavin signed a two-year deal with Zenit, moving on a free transfer.

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11. On 13 July 2015, Andrey Arshavin signed for Kuban Krasnodar on a one-year deal.

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12. On 18 March 2016, Andrey Arshavin signed for FC Kairat on a one-year deal, with the option of a second year.

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13. Andrey Arshavin won the Kazakhstan Premier League's Player of the Month award for July 2016, and again in September 2016.

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14. Andrey Arshavin went on to win with Kairat the Kazakhstan Super Cup of 2017.

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15. On 3 December 2018, Andrey Arshavin confirmed his retirement as a player.

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16. Andrey Arshavin debuted for the Russian national team on 17 May 2002, but was overlooked for the Russia squads at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2004.

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17. On 11 June 2009, Andrey Arshavin was made first-choice captain for Russia by manager Guus Hiddink.

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18. Andrey Arshavin announced his return by setting up the first goal and scoring the second in Russia's final group game against Sweden at Tivoli Neu, Innsbruck, which helped his team qualify for the next round.

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19. Andrey Arshavin started all three of their games in the group stage of Group A, as Russia were eliminated in the group stage, finishing third place behind on the head-to-head ruling.

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20. On 2 December 2010, Andrey Arshavin made a speech during Russia's presentation of its successful bid for the 2018 World Cup.

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21. Andrey Arshavin carried the Olympic Flame during the St Petersburg leg of the torch relay for the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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22. On 14 August 2012, Andrey Arshavin confirmed on his official website that he and Julia had their second son, Arseniy.

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