Andrey Arshavin: 'I was getting crushed at Arsenal'

Arshavin: 'Life at Arsenal was crushing me'
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Andrey Arshavin says that he felt like he was being 'punished' at Arsenal for being constantly placed on the bench.

Former Arsenal midfielder Andrey Arshavin has admitted that he had to leave the Emirates because it felt like a "punishment".

The 32-year-old completed a return to Zenit St Petersburg this week after falling down the ranks at Arsenal in recent seasons.

"The fact is I didn't want to stay in England, this was clear since January," Arshavin told Sport Express. "I don't regret anything, but I had to leave. It was a punishment sat on the bench.

"To train even though you know you won't play, it is psychologically difficult. I nearly suffered depression, but I didn't because I'm mentally strong. The monotony of life there was crushing me."

Arshavin spent four years with the Gunners.

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