Hello everyone, for today’s throwback edition series, we look at the transfer signing of Russian international Andrei Arshavin – who at some point in time was Arsenal’s record signing for £15m in the winter transfer window of 2009. It’s crazy how £15m now won’t get you your top target in today’s transfer market.
Andrei Arshavin’s transfer from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg to Arsenal was concluded almost 24 hours to the initial close of the winter transfer period, The League extended the transfer deadline to 5 pm the following day from its initial closure, because of the weather conditions, but only for deals already agreed.
Arshavin’s transfer had dragged on for months, with Arsenal and Zenit not being able to resolve at an amount that was ideal and some rumours also sounded out the delay was as a result of Russian President Vladimir Putin who is a supporter of the Russian club. Arshavin’s transfer from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg was held up over paperwork concerning agents involved in the deal.
Arsenal initially paid Zenit £15m for the transfer of Arshavin but that figure rose to £16.9m due to the fact Arshavin had to pay back a substantial proportion of the loyalty bonus he was paid upon signing a four-year contract at Russian club Zenit in 2006, a sum that had been awarded to the player with the understanding that the player would complete his contract. Zenit received £15m from Arsenal, and around £1.5m from Arshavin as a part repayment of the bonus money he was allocated and a further £450,000 in unpaid bonuses.
Arshavin would go on to wear the number 23 shirt, which was previously worn by Sol Campbell. In his first season with the Gunners, Arshavin scored 4 goals against Liverpool at Anfield in a thrilling league match that ended in a 4-4 draw. It is the first in the Russian’s career that he’s ever scored four goals in a match, announcing himself to the Premier League as a big shot.
All through his time in London, Arshavin never won a trophy with Arsenal playing 105 league games and scoring 23 goals, whilst providing 20 assists all through his time in the English capital. Not a bad return for a player whose transfer didn’t happen under normal circumstances.
Although most fans don’t quite rate the little Russian due to the fact he peaked in only a season and a half in London and saw the reminder of his time not being able to replicate his intriguing performance over the years, but was quite the player and unplayable during his time.