Ex-Arsenal maverick Andrey Arshavin wants to become president of Russian club Zenit St Petersburg

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FORMER Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin has revealed his desire to become president of Zenit St Petersburg.

The Russian, who has led a colourful life since leaving the Emirates in 2013, has thrown his hat into the ring for the role during an interview in his native country.

The 39-year-old told newspaper Fantanka: “Even 14-15 years before the end of my sports career I wanted to be the president of Zenit, because it’s a status.

“I love football, and running the main team in St. Petersburg and now in the country, is cool.”

His statement of intentions then took an odd turn, however, when he asserted that he would not “chop wood” in the job.

He said: “I won’t chop wood if I become president for that.

“I want it to happen naturally, thanks to my work.

“I have the same attitude to the position of Sports Director. I will be happy if this happens.”

Zenit CEO Alexander Medvedev has already outlined his ambition to get Arshavin back on-board in a coaching capacity.

The 64-year-old wants to bring him in alongside fellow club legends Danny and Alexander Kerzhakov to work with the reserve side.

It has also emerged that Arshavin could return as sporting director, but in 2021 when the current incumbent of the post Javier Ribalta leaves the club.

Arshavin has previously drawn criticism for his comments surrounding female drivers.

He once said: “If I had it in my power to introduce a ban on women driving cars and to withdraw all their licences, I would do it without thinking twice.

“In my opinion a woman and a man are two absolutely different creatures.

If you see a car behaving weirdly, swerving and doing strange things, before you see the driver you know it is a woman

“I would never give driving lessons to women. We need to build new roads for them. Why? Because you never know what to expect from a woman on the road.

“If you see a car behaving weirdly, swerving and doing strange things, before you see the driver you know it is a woman. It is always a woman.”

He was also once seen staggering out of a Russian strip club arm-in-arm with two ladies… before bizarrely leaving the scene on a horse.

Arshavin retired from professional football in 2018, when he bowed out with Kazah side Kairat.

But he still has interest in the game, with his seven-year-old son Arseny representing Barcelona at youth level.

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