Ten things you need to know about Arsenal target Andrei Arshavin

23 January 2009 08:56
Welcome to St Petersburg: The Rolling Stones depicted as matryoshka dolls in front of the Winter Palace Graduate: Arshavin would appreciate this headgear at the International Festival of Beauty in St Petersburg 2) As a schoolboy, he showed great promise as a drafts player before turning his full attention to football.3) While at university he wrote a thesis on sportswear production, but dismissed his decision to study for a diploma in fashion design as an opportunity to meet girls.   More. ANDREI ARSHAVIN EXCLUSIVE: I want to prove how good I am I hope to be an Arsenal player, claims Zenit St Petersburg striker Arshavin Arsenal still fall short in strike department as they consider move for Arshavin ARSENAL FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB 4) As a boy, he fell in love with the Barcelona team coached by Holland legend Johan Cruyff and has previously said moving to the Nou Camp would be his dream. Scroll down for more Enlarge   Idols: Former Barcelona boss Johan Cruyff and a dream team of Nou Camp legends he put together for a friendly in 1999 Where it all began: Arshavin made his professional debut at Bradford's Valley Parade 5) Arshavin made his debut for Zenit St Petersburg when coming on as a substitute against Bradford at Valley Parade on August 2, 2000. The Russians won the InterToto Cup semi-final match 3-0.6) He scored 71 goals in 310 games for Zenit, while for Russia he has scored 15 in 41 caps. With Zenit he won the Russian Premier League title in 2007, the League Cup in 2003, and the UEFA Cup, European Super Cup and Russian Super Cup in 2008. Scroll down for more A star is born: Andrei Arshavin scores past Edwin van der Sar as Russia beat Holland 3-1 at Euro 2008 7) Individually he has won a number of player of the year awards and was ranked the sixth best player in the world in 2008 for the Ballon d'Or - won by Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo. 8) Arshavin once stood for local elections in St Petersburg for the United Russia party led by Vladimir Putin (right) but withdrew his candidacy before a vote was cast. Icon: A statue of communist legend Lenin Poster boy 9) The Communists of Leningrad group accused Arshavin of being a 'traitor' for his desire to leave the country. Berating him for 'putting up his body for sale for greedy Western clubs', they warned: 'If you want to sign for any Western team you will lose your spiritual connection to Mother Russia and Russians will never forgive you.' 10) Arshavin may be on the verge of leaving Zenit, but he stares out from the April page of the club's official 2009 calendar.   More. ANDREI ARSHAVIN EXCLUSIVE: I want to prove how good I am I hope to be an Arsenal player, claims Zenit St Petersburg striker Arshavin Arsenal still fall short in strike department as they consider move for Arshavin ARSENAL FC NEWS FROM ACROSS THE WEB  

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