"They are still a great club and Arsene Wenger is still a great coach. It is just a shame players such as myself and some of the others were not still at the club to help the young players to win things.
"Sometimes when you are making changes you have to be careful not to take away too much. I felt I was still able to contribute to the team.
"If you look at Manchester United they have some great young players but they also have men who have been there for many years to help them through."