Arsenal's Russian winger Andrei Arshavin has claimed his decision to consider leaving the club has been taken because manager Arsene Wenger has lost faith in him. The player has said he will consider his future at the north London club after the 2012 European Championships were over. The captain of the Russian national team is now on loan with former club Zenit St Petersburg till the end of the season, following a lack of playing time at the Emirates.
Arshavin added he felt he could improve his chances of starring in the Russian national squad and insisted he would speak to Wenger after the summer's showpiece event.
"I left Arsenal in February to try and regain my level to play for Russia, and after the last few months with Zenit I believe it was a successful choice. The offer from Zenit was good in every sense. If I had stayed in London then I am convinced that my chance to make the final squad for Russia would have passed," ESPN quoted Arshavin as saying.
The 30 year old, who has 30 goals and 35 assists for Arsenal, after arriving from Zenit for £15 million in early 2009, refused, however, to declare his time with the Gunners as over.
"I suffered different problems at Arsenal. I lost the confidence of the coach. I wasn't sure why. But I wasn't getting the chances to play. I'm now with Zenit. After the Euros, I will study my future, think about it. And I would like to talk to Wenger before I make any decision," the midfielder added. Arshavin's contract at Arsenal expires next summer and it is now believed he could make a permanent move back to the Russian outfit.
Meanwhile, Zenit coach Luciano Spalletti has stated Arshavin's future at the club completely depends on his performances on the field.
"Everything depends on the motivation and quality of Arshavin's game. I will have an influence on the club's final decision, but if one has necessary qualities to play for Zenit, it is up to him to show it, not to us. And not with his name or his reputation, but with good play. It is people, not names, who play football," RIA Novosti quoted the Italian as saying.