Loan deal sends Arshavin back to Zenit

Russian midfielder Andrei Arshavin is returning to hometown team Zenit St. Petersburg on loan from Arsenal until July.

The Russian team announced the deal late Friday. Though no further details of the loan deal were disclosed, Arshavin said on his website that more information would be given on Saturday.

Arshavin started his senior career with Zenit in 2000, scoring 71 goals in 310 appearances. In 2008, Arshavin was part of Zenit’s UEFA Cub winning team, the club subsequently defeating Manchester United to win the 2008 UEFA Super Cup.

He transferred to Arsenal in 2009, winning Premier League Player of the Month the following April. In three-plus years in North London, Arshavin has accumulated 30 goals in 133 matches.

However, he has struggled this season and was booed onto the pitch when coming on as a substitute at home against Manchester United in January.