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Arshavin calls for experience

Russian hopes to see more experience in Gunners' squad next term

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Andrey Arshavin has echoed calls for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to change his transfer policy.

"Everyone likes the appeal of Arsenal, the football of Arsenal, the young players of Arsenal, but if there is no result they will stop"

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Wenger has put his faith in youth in recent seasons but has reaped little rewards as the Gunners have extended their trophy-less sequence to four seasons.

The barren spell has come to the angst of some in the Arsenal camp and was illustrated as the Frenchman was forced to fend off criticism over his recruitment policies in a Q and A session held in a shareholders' meeting on Thursday.

Arshavin broke the mould in arriving at the Emirates as an experienced professional and the lethal Russian expects more proven quality in the summer.


'We must buy in the summer," the 27-year-old told the Daily Mail.

"Not more potential, but players who are ready to do it now, players like me. We need two or three. If Arsenal want to win, they have to do it. We are tired of waiting."

Arshavin, who has been a revelation since his winter move from Zenit St Petersburg, believes he is playing for the best team in the Premier League but the Russia international also had words of warning for the North Londoners.

He said: "I believe that out of the top four English teams, when it comes to football, Arsenal are the best.

"They have the best style and the best coach. At the moment, young players come to Arsenal because they see it as a very big team, but if we carry on like this without winning trophies, young players will not want to come.

"Everyone likes the appeal of Arsenal, the football of Arsenal, the young players of Arsenal, but if there is no result they will stop."


Since joining up with the Gunners, Arshavin has found the net six times including four at Liverpool and the forward has shown what difference experience can make to a young first XI.

And the former Zenit man feels that is one of the key reasons for the dominance of Saturday's opponents Manchester United.

"Arsenal have not achieved good results in the last few years, but that is easily explained because the team is so young," Arshavin added.

"I believe we are now at a point where it will begin to work for us and enable the team to start scoring and move on as Manchester United did.

"A few years ago, they had young players like Wayne Rooney and Ronaldo, who were very promising, but they did not win the league and achieve the right results.

"Now they are older, they cannot stop winning. Arsenal have been recruiting players for two years, so I do not predict results a long way in the future: I predict them for next season, if we can add some others to our team."