Former Tottenham boss confirms he will release Arsenal misfit Andrei Arshavin this summer

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Zenit St-Petersburg boss Andre Villas-Boas is ready to let the Russian talisman leave in the summer

When Arsenal signed the Andrei Arshavin for a deal worth £16.9 million in January 2009, according to the Telegraph, it was off the back of the Russian starring for his nation 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.

He never truly settled 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.

Now, he is set to be released again, this time by his beloved Zenit.

Their current boss is former Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas, who today revealed he and fellow veteran Anatoly Tymoschuk would be let go in the summer. The ex-Spurs boss was quoted by the club's official website as stating:

"The situation is developing so that their contracts [will] run out.

"We have, from my understanding, not had any talks, although we did have one talk with Tymoshchuk.

"I am not sure how things stand with the club regarding their position, but at the moment it is likely that they will finish the contract."

Arshavin has struggled for form and fitness since returning to Zenit and this season has played hyst 14 times - only three times in 2015.

His next move is not known, although rumours of retirement are already abounding fir the 33-year-old.

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