Kanchelskis said: "Arshavin is lucky to join Arsenal, a good club with a good coach who tries to play football but he'll need time before he can play his best every week. It's a new life, not just a new team.
"I can remember how it was when I arrived. There is a different mentality, a different language, different foods, even driving on the left instead of the right. In a year he'll improve. He needs the chance to learn the language, that's important."