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KRASNODAR, July 14. /TASS/. Russia’s famous football striker Andrei Arshavin, who played for the national team and England’s Arsenal FC, said on Tuesday he decided to join Russian football club Kuban because of its head coach Dmitry Khokhlov.
Kuban’s Director General Valery Statsenko announced on Monday that the club concluded a contract with the 34-year-old forward for the period of one year.
"I do not want to say that I had a lot of variants, and I did have them, but in many ways my decision [to join Kuban] was influenced by the fact that Kuban’s head coach is Dmitry Khokhlov," Arshavin told a news conference on Tuesday adding that he kept "the warmest feelings’ for the Zenit St. Petersburg FC.
Arshavin played for Zenit St. Petersburg FC between 2000 and 2008 as well as in 2013-2015. His contract with the club from Russia’s second largest city expired on June 30. He played a total of 376 matches with Zenit having scored 80 goals.
In 2009-2013 Arshavin played 144 matches as part of London’s Arsenal FC having scored a total of 31 goals for the English club.
The Russian forward is the three-time champion of Russia (2007, 2012, 2015), the holder of Russia’s Super Cup (2008), the Cup of the Premier League (2003), the Cup of UEFA (2008) and the Super Cup of UEFA (2008).