Arshavin scores as Zenit are dumped out of cup by a team called Arsenal

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Arsenal Tula were the team who dumped Zenit St Petersburg out of the Russian Cup last night.

When Arsenal signed Andrei Arshavin for £16.9 million in January 2009 it was off the back of Arshavin starring at Euro 2008. He was a player wanted all over Europe after he almost single-handedly carried his national side to the brink of the Euro final - only to be outdone by the mighty Spanish side at the semi-final stage.

But his time at Arsenal was never truly successful. A mixed bag, he found himself scoring four past Liverpool and then being booed for his apparent idleness the next.

So, after being frozen out, his contract expired at Arsenal and he went back to Zenit.

He has largely played a reduced role at his former club when compared to the impact he used to have for them, but yesterday he was handed a start by Andre Villas-Boas in the Russian Cup.

Zenit were the obvious favourites at home against a team managed by former Porto star Dmitri Alenichev - the team are in fact called Arsenal Tula.

They were promoted to the Russian Premier League this season so were no soft touch, but Zenit would have been expected to defeat them.

Arshavin set them on their way.

He scored the opener, smashing home a half-volley from the edge of the box to give Zenit a 1-0 lead.

But Arshavin really must be sick of the word Arsenal.

After being 2-0 up Zenit conceded in the 80th and 90th minute before again letting Arsenal score in extra time to send them tumbling out of the Russian Cup.

Arshavin and Arsenal just never go hand in hand.

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