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The Russian midfielder has defended his decision to leave the Emirates temporarily returning back to his native country with Zenit St Petersburg for the second half of the season

On-loan Zenit St Petersburg attacker Andrey Arshavin has claimed that his decision to leave Arsenal to was "without a doubt the right decision".

After being relegated to the fringes of Arsene Wenger's squad, the Russian pushed for the temporary switch back to the club that sold him to Arsenal for around £15 million, and he has now claimed he has no regrets over the move.

"Without a doubt it was the right decision, there are many reasons why," Arshavin told Sports Express.

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"First of all, I am now playing, and that is paramount for any player as training is no substitute for matches.

"Second, I have returned to my hometown. Third, Zenit have done everything to make me feel comfortable and my thoughts are now only focused on football.

"I haven't yet thought about [my future]. Everything will be decided after the European Championships. Of course the result and the quality of play there could affect my destiny."