Andrei Arshavin looks set to finish his career in Russian football

Andrei Arshavin looks set to finish his career in Russian football after having secured a move to Kuban Krasnodar.

The Russian Premier League team have signed the former Arsenal forward, who has been in steady decline over the last five years. Arshavin was once a £ 16 million signing for Arsenal, which was a club record fee at that time. Since the departure from the gunners, he has been with Zenit St Petersburg. One of the top teams in Russia, Zenit St Petersburg are now managed by former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas.

The club are aware that Arshavin was coming to the end of this contract. However, the club decided not to extend this deal, which could the future of the 34-year-old in major doubt. There was speculation that he would announce his retirement even at this relatively early age. However, he appears to have been convinced to carry on playing by joining Kuban Krasnodar. Last season, the team struggled for form and finished in the 10th spot. There are a number of financial difficulties at this new outfit, but Arshavin could be one of the important players going forward. Backed by the regional government, it may not be long before the financial situation turns around.

Fabio Capello will lose his job if he does not guide the Russia National Football team

Fabio Capello will lose his job if he does not guide the Russia National Football team to the Round of 4 in next World Cup that is going to take place in the country itself.

The top brass of the association of Football there in Russia has conveyed to Capello that with the idea of the home conditions and the backing of the crowd, the team should make it to the semis; otherwise, it would be considered a failure.

Capello had been held responsible for the early knockout that Russia suffered in Brazil last year and a large faction in the association was not in favour of him being retained at his post, but, because of the stubbornness of the president, the Italian was awarded a new deal and to be fair to him, he has been able to do a good job post the World Cup.

Russia has lost just one out of the five Euro qualifying games that they have played so far and a couple of good performances would see the team through to the main tournament.

Arsenal made a splash in the winter transfer window of 2009

Arsenal made a splash in the winter transfer window of 2009 as they offloaded €15 million in signing Andrei Arshavin. Expectations were high for the Russian player as he had gone through a terrific 2008 after winning the UEFA Super Cup with ZenitSt.Petersburg as well as winning the Russian Super Cup.Arshavin was even named as the Man of the Match of the UEFA Cup Finals match.

Arshavin ultimately disappointed as he failed to live up to his €15 million price tag after only scoring 23 goals in over 100 appearances and the Russian player simply could not replicate the performances that he used to make when he was wearing the jersey of ZenitSt.Petersburg.

It certainly wasn’t one of the most memorable transfers that Arsene Wenger has made in his managerial career.

According to the agent Jon Smith, this was a deal that was completed only 30 seconds before the transfer market was about to close. Jon Smith revealed details concerning this transfer as he said:

‘’I was involved with Andrei Arshavin. That deal started in the second week in January. ‘It got to the very last day and we were about £1.2million apart with about an hour to go. And it was literally who blinked, and I sat in the middle of it as the agent. In the end, I offered the Russians the extra money. And I said to Arsenal I’ve done this. And we had 30 seconds to go.’’

Arsenal was knocked out from the UEFA Champions League

Arsenal was knocked out from the UEFA Champions League on March 17 as they faced off with As.Monaco and even though the Premier League team finished the match with a final scoreboard of 2-0, it still wasn’t enough as the aggregate scoreboard was 3-3 with As.Monaco having the lead on away goals and advancing into the next rounds of the European competition.

This defeat has not settled well with Arsene Wenger as the French manager is now stating that the away goal rule should be changed as it’s outdated.

“Two teams have gone out on away goals, which I think should be questioned because it’s a rule that is outdated now and has to be changed. I’ve fought for that for a long time. It should count maybe after extra time because this current rule was created in the sixties to encourage teams to attack away from home. Since then football has changed. The weight of the away goal is too big today.I think maybe you can count away goals after extra-time like in the League Cup in England.”

PSG and Chelsea also competed in a Champions League match which concluded in an aggregate scoreboard of 3-3 but it was the French team which managed to survive thanks to away goals but Arsene Wenger believes that this rule should be changed as it has too much of a weight in a game and can make a big difference in any match but it shouldn’t be as important as it currently is.

Arsenal most active buyer in January Window

Now that the January transfer window has finally arrived, managers are getting active and searching around for possible players that could be signed or offloaded from their respective clubs and Arsenal is a side that is consistently being linked with a number of players.

Lukas Podolski has already completed his loan move to Inter Milan as the German forward was not a regular player in this season for Arsene Wenger after only making 9 appearances for Arsenal in the current campaign, Podolski decided to make a move to Inter Milan in order to revive his career.

Morgan Schneiderlin is a 25 year old French midfielder who is currently performing for Southampton but he has attracted the attention of Manchester United and Arsenal. It is believed that an offer in the region of £27million could be made in order to sign the player.