Arshavin, who returned to Zenit St Petersburg in June after more than four years with the Gunners, told The Sun: "The atmosphere was weird.
"It felt like the crowd was at the theatre - good seats, expensive tickets and they wanted to see a show, not to support the team."
The Russia international also said that many of Arsenal's best players became disillusioned by the lack of vocal support and complained about the atmosphere in the dressing-room.
"It was like there was no advantage in playing at home," he continued.
"Many of the players - the leaders that were left from the club's time at Highbury - often complained that the atmosphere in the stands was so bad."