An integral part of the Armenian defense, Robert Arzumanyan has decided to put an abrupt end to his national team career, though, his club career will continue. Arzumanyan was by far, the most consistent defender the Armenians have had since making his debut in 2005, with 74 caps and five goals to show for his efforts.
The news of retirement comes as news, considering Arzumanyan is still in his early 30s, will turn 31 in July, and many were looking forward to seeing him team up with the young Gaël Andonian in the back, a defensive duo that was projected to bolster up a defense that is losing it's longtime keeper, Roman Berezovsky, due to retirement.
Rumors have it that Arzumanyan was tired of the criticism from the Football Federation of Armenia, namely its president in Ruben Hayrapetyan. You'd be hard pressed to find an avid follower of the national team that doesn't share the same concerns when it comes to the FFA and Hayrapetyan.
Arzu will continue his club career, currently on loan to Kazakhstan Premier League side, FC Shakhter Karagandy, while Russian Premier League side, Amkar Prem still hold his rights.