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Former Arsenal striker, Andrey Arshavin says the English team are a ‘conservative club’ who missed out on a big chance to win the Premier League title this season, especially as other usual top contenders had lots of other issues to deal with.

The 34-year old striker played for the Gunners when he moved for £15 million from Zenit St Petersburg in 2009. He was sent on loan back to Zenit in the 2011/2012 season before eventually moving there on a free transfer in 2013.

Arshavin believes little has changed at the north London club since he left almost three years ago. The Russian international said:

“It’s a conservative club.

“Over the last few years Arsenal have bought two world-class players in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, while the goalkeeper Petr Cech has also joined. Apart from that there have not been any major changes.”

On the team’s manager Arsene Wenger who has been at the club for 20 years, the current Kairat Almaty forward said:

“Arsenal have had the same head coach for a long time and he has his ideas.

“The whole team depends on the viewpoint of Arsene Wenger and his views towards football. I don’t know if this conservatism is a hindrance.

“This season Arsenal had every chance to become champions given the squad they have.

“All their main rivals, Chelsea, Manchester United and even Manchester City have not been looking bright.

“Everyone was saying that the Gunners would be battling it out for the title, but as you can see there is no comparison to Leicester this season. It is very likely that they will be crowned champions.

“My time in London was an alright part of my career.

“There were some good moments and there were some not particularly nice ones. However, on the whole I have good memories,” he added on an endnote.