Arshavin woe: Ex-Gunner subbed 15 minutes into Champions League game

The former Arsenal player was the man to be replaced early in the game when Zenit found themselves 2-0 down to Dortmund.

Andrey Arshavin left Arsenal to return to Zenit St Petersburg last summer, when his contract with the Gunners expired.

Fans of the North London side have different opinions of the Russian, with some believing he was a remarkable talent misused and others that he simply did not live up to the potential that prompted Arsene Wenger to sign him for a then-club-record fee of £15million.

Arshavin has played 30 games for Zenit this season, scoring four goals and providing eight assists to date, but his most recent appearance is not likely to be one he will want to remember.

Against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last-16 tie in Russia this afternoon, Arshavin and his teammates soon found themselves 2-0 down to last year’s beaten finalists.

Goals from Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Marco Reus inside the first five minutes gave Jurgen Klopp’s side a huge early advantage, and that double-strike prompted Zenit boss Luciano Spalletti to make a swift change.

With just 15 minutes gone, Arshavin found himself replaced by Anatoliy Tymoshchuk, but whether the change also leads to a change in fortune for Zenit remains to be seen…

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