Andrei Arshavin may have failed to live up to the billing at Arsenal but over in Kazakhstan, the former Russia international just scored the best goal of his career.
Now 35 and playing his football for Kairat alongside a team of largely unknowns – save for fellow veteran Anatoliy Tymoshchuk – Arshavin rolled back the years with a goal that showcased everything he failed to deliver on a consistent basis at the Emirates.
Showing a quick turn of pace, sublime touch and the most delicate and precise of finishes, the goal, which was scored in a Kazakhstan Premier League game against Taraz.
Part of a 3-1 victory for Arshavin’s new employers, the goal was Arshavin’s fifth in the league for his new employers, having moved to the club at the back end of last season after being released by Kuban Krasnodar.
Prior to that he had been on the books of Zenit St Petersburg, having left Arsenal amid criticism over his fitness and attitude.
The Russian won’t be facing off against any Premier League foe in the Europa League though, after the Kazakh side was dumped out by Maccabi Tel Aviv in the qualification phase.
This came despite Arshavin bagging two goals in qualifying for the club nicknamed The People’s Team in their homeland.
On the basis of this, a few sides might be a bit relieved.
Arshavin spent four years on the books at Arsenal, scoring 30 goals and providing 34 assists over the course of 133 appearances for the Gunners.
There were some memorable moments along the way too, including four goals in a sensational 4-4 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League and a sublime winner for Arsenal against Barcelona in the Champions League.
This goal might just top all of that though. Harry Redknapp would probably sign him up. If he had a club to sign him for.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.