Ex-Arsenal ace Andrey Arshavin on the brink of new club

The former Russia winger looks to prolong his career by joining a club from Kazakhstan.

There was a time, admittedly about seven years ago, when Arsenal fans worshipped the ground that Andrey Arshavin walked on. It was effectively love at first sight.

Hours after joining for a club-record fee of £15 million in 2009, the Russian, with his child-like facial features, and Boris the Meerkat voice, uttered these three words which instantly endeared him to supporters: I am Gooner.

It was cuter than Niall Horan playfully throwing a roll of Charmin at a Labrador puppy...but things ultimately went sour. Take away his four-goal haul at Anfield in the 2008-09 campaign and you're left with a very ordinary Arsenal career which spawned no trophies and 31 goals.

He re-signed for Zenit St Petersburg in 2013 and we didn't hear much from him after that - until now.

The pint-sized 34-year-old looks set to join Kazakhstan outfit Kairat on a free transfer and, well, he doesn't look overly thrilled about it.

It has been a testing last few months for Arshavin, whose Kuban Krasnodar contract was terminated at the beginning of February, six months early, after playing just nine games.

Hopefully for his sake he can fare better than he did at Kuban.

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