Artem Dzyuba celebrates in front of Roberto Mancini following dramatic equaliser against parent club Zenit after Arsenal Tula loanee offered to stump up €75,000 in order to play and prove point to Italian boss
- Artem Dzyuba scored against his parent club Zenit St Petersburg on Sunday
- The striker celebrated in front of boss Roberto Mancini following his equaliser
- Dzyuba offered to pay half the €150,000 needed to play in the league clash
There are few experiences footballers enjoy more than proving an old coach wrong.
From Carlos Tevez cupping his ears in the direction of the Old Trafford dugout, to David Ginola showing off his figure to John Gregory, players love to get their point across in the most public of fashions.
The same can now be said for Russian striker Artem Dzyuba, who went to extraordinary lengths to get one over Roberto Mancini at the weekend.
Artem Dzyuba scored against his parent club Zenit and celebrated in front of Roberto Mancini
The 29-year-old turned his back to the dugout and pointed to the name on his shirt
Dzyuba had been frozen out by Mancini at Zenit, and he offered to pay €75,000 in order to pay
Dzyuba had been a regular feature in the Zenit St Petersburg squad before the start of this season, but the Italian boss had a change of heart at the beginning of this season, farming the striker out to Arsenal Tula.
Ahead of their clash on Sunday, the 29-year-old took the step of promising to stump up half of the €150,000 that would allow him to play against his current club, a stipulated clause in the loan deal.
And Dzyuba made the most of the opportunity, setting up one goal before scoring an 88th-minute equaliser to make it 3-3.
After finding the net he headed straight for the sidelines where he proceeded to celebrate in front of Mancini, pointing to the name on the back of his shirt as he skipped past the dugout.
Dzyuba is not the first Zenit loanee to score against his parent club this season
To his credit, Mancini held no grudges after the game, telling NTV: ‘I don’t regret that I broke up with Dzyuba for a while. I don’t feel anything like this.
‘I’m happy for him, I’m pleased with the way he’s been playing for Arsenal.’
Perhaps his indifference was down to the incredible fact that this was the second time this has happened to Zenit and the former Manchester City boss this season.
Oleg Shatov is currently on loan at Krasnodar and paid €140,000 to face his current employers, scoring a last-gasp winner at the beginning of the month.
As it is, Dzyuba may not even have to stump up the cash, with Arsenal Tula delighted with his contribution on Sunday.
Mancini insisted he was not bitter after the game, insisting he was pleased for the striker
‘Who will pay, it does not matter,’ general director…