Andrey Arshavin lived a relatively quiet football life since his retirement from the round leather game two years until his appointment as a UEFA Ambassador for the 2020 European Championship. The former Arsenal winger was announced as one of the 34 UEFA ambassadors for the tournament earlier in the year. The 2020 UEFA European Championship would be held in 12 countries next summer. The host countries are Russia, Azerbaijan, Romania, Spain, Hungary, England, the Netherlands, Scotland, Denmark, Italy, Germany and the Republic of Ireland.
Arshavin, 38, spent four years at Arsenal from 2009 to 2013 and he scored 31 goals in 144 games for the Gunners. The player signed for Arsenal in a club-record deal as at then. They paid £15m to secure his transfer from Russian team Zenit St. Petersburg whom he scored 80 goals for in two different permanent spells at the club. Andrey Arshavin spent eight years in his first spell at Zenit from 2000 to 2008 before his transfer to the Premier League at the start of 2009. He returned to the club on loan in 2012 initially before signing a permanent deal in the following year.
In his brief loan spell at Zenit during the second half of the 2011/12 campaign, Andrey Arshavin scored three goals in 11 appearances as he was ineligible for the UEFA Champions League in the colours of the Russian club. After his third stint at Zenit, Andrey Arshavin went on to play for Kuban Krasnodar in Russia and also for Kairat in the Kazakhstan Premier League.
Andrey Arshavin won the Russian league title on three occasions during his time at the club. The ex-Russian national team skipper won the title in 2007, 2012 and 2015. He won the Russian Cup at the same club in 2003. In 2008, Arshavin was part of the team that won the Russian Super Cup, the UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.