Andrey Arshavin rushed away from the national team’s camp just after last Saturday’s victorious game against Azerbaijan (2-0) and it wasn’t to see friends and relatives.
He attended the award ceremony for the best football player, not only in Russia but in the countries of the CIS as well as the Baltic states.
He was awarded this distinction by the Russian newspaper “Sport-Express” and was given the award by the Russian Minister of Sport Vitaly Mutko.
“Yes, the Minister was one of the first to congratulate me. I am pleased to receive this prize. I believe that the award was made objectively, because the vote was attended by representatives of all the former Soviet republics” Arshavin said.
Andrey, who was accompanied by his wife Yulia, signed a lot of autographs and football shirts for the fans inside and outside the venue for the ceremony.
But he was nursing a sore foot as he was apparently deliberately kicked where he had eight stitches inserted at half time during Arsenal’s home game against Blackburn.
“During the game I was hit directly on the injured spot (on my foot) and there was a painful shock. I feel much better” he said to the Russian media.
Hiddink still played Arshavin in Wednesday’s game against Lichtenstein (2-0) and Andrey came through that unscathed.