- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

MOSCOW (AP) - Former Arsenal forward Andrei Arshavin has moved to Kazakhstan, signing a one-year contract with Kairat Almaty.

Arshavin played 75 times for Russia’s national team but his last international game was in 2012.

Last season, he won a third Russian league title with Zenit St. Petersburg but was not retained for 2015-16 and instead endured a difficult half-season with relegation-threatened Kuban Krasnodar.

Arshavin’s deal at Kairat, which finished second in the Kazakh league in 2015, has an option for a one-year extension.

This season, FC Astana became Kazakhstan’s first club to play in the group stage of the Champions League.

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