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Arsenal Being Let down by Conservative Approach, Says Andrei Arshavin

Former Arsenal star Andrei Arshavin says that the conservative approach of the gunners has been one of the primary factors behind the club unable to win the Premier League title for more than a decade.

Since winning the league title in the 2003-04 season, Arsenal have been able to lift only two FA Cup trophies. Even with regard to these two FA Cup medals, the club had to wait a long time. Andrei Arshavin was one of the club’s record purchases back in 2009 when he arrived for just £ 15 million. This figure was comfortably overcome by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United back then.

It was this conservative approach that led to the club dropping down the table at an alarming rate, according to Arshavin, who spent a couple of years at the club. After a brilliant start to his Arsenal career, the former Zenit St Petersburg winger failed to make a major impact, and he was later allowed to leave the club in the summer of 2013. After a couple of years with the Russian club, he is now playing withKairat Almaty in the Middle East.

Arsenal have tried to adopt a different approach with the signings of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez for a combined £77.5 million. Even this approach is yet to pay dividends, as the club are looking set to miss out on a top four for the first time in more than a decade.

“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,” said Arshavin. There have been increasing calls for manager Arsene Wenger to leave the club, as fans feel that the Frenchman has taken the club as far as he could.