He still speaks regularly to Arsene Wenger and several players who remain close friends.
He told the Mirror: "I hope I never have to play against them," said the 30-year-old. "Not because of fear or anything. But because it would be weird to play against Arsenal.
"But when I will play Arsenal, I will not have any anger. It is going to be pretty emotional and pretty difficult. That is why I say I don't want to have to play against them.
Also because they are a good team. What an impact they have made on the European scene by beating the double UEFA Cup champions.
"Playing eight years for a team and playing people who you know and who know you perfectly, it will be difficult. But if it has to happen, hopefully it can happen in the final."