When Arsenal signed the Russian for a deal worth £16.9 million in January 2009, according to the Telegraph, 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.
But one thing never in doubt was the player’s quite obvious natural talent and talismanic, almost mercurial attitude.
He was however never truly suited to the Premier League and after a terrible final year at Arsenal he left on a free transfer in 2013, re-joining former club Zenit St Petersburg.
He left Arsenal with the club's good blessings, and whilst often dubbed a 'flop' at The Emirates he was more of a misfit - never quite finding his place in Arsene Wenger's team and English football.
But he is clearly fondly remembered by the players.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere shared this picture and message on his Instagram account last night - which signifies the high esteem the Russian is still given by his former team-mates:
If only he could have been more consistent with The Gunners.