Petit hammers Arsenal about recruitment, player attitudes AND Arteta

Emmanuel Petit rips into Arsenal in scathing rant about his old club’s ‘ridiculous’ recruitment, senior players acting like they’re on ‘vacation’ AND why Mikel Arteta needs to get realistic and sell HALF of his squad!

  • Arsenal have endured a miserable season and look set to miss out on Europe
  • Emmanuel Petit has been left far from impressed and hammered his former club
  • In a brutal put down, he slammed their recruitment, player attitudes and Arteta

Emmanuel Petit has torn into Arsenal in a scathing attack on his old club by branding their recent recruitment ‘ridiculous’ and slamming senior players for acting like they’re on ‘vacation’.

Arsenal have endured a miserable season to date and are currently lying in 10th position in the Premier League, some 10 points off the top four, with the Europa League their only chance of silverware. 

Mikel Arteta’s side have been heavily criticised all season and were ridiculed in brutal fashion at the weekend after their 3-0 drubbing against Liverpool, with Jamie Redknapp pillorying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for doing ‘nothing’ and Gary Neville saying they were so woeful that he and commentator Martin Tyler could’ve played in defence for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Arsenal have endured a miserable season and have been heavily criticised in recent weeks

Emmanuel Petit slammed his old club’s recruitment and player attitudes in a brutal put down

And now Petit, 50, who spent three years playing for Arsenal between 1997 and 2000, has laid the boot in even more by questioning the attitudes of Arteta’s senior players and insisting that half the squad needs to be sold.

Speaking to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Crystal Palace v Chelsea, Petit said: ‘I still believe they have some quality players available to them – do I think they have many quality players? No. They have a good group of young players, though that are still learning. 

‘I think some of those youngsters can become very good in years from now – but to do that, they need to see an example being set by the senior players. It shouldn’t be at a club like Arsenal that the younger players are the only ones showing passion, fight and aggression. 

‘It needs to come from the older players who should lead by example. When I look at the older players in the team, it’s like they think it’s a retreat football club, somewhere you just go for a vacation.

Youngsters Bukayo Saka (left) and Emile Smith Rowe (right) have been shining lights this term

Petit has criticised the club’s older players like Willian (above) and claim they ‘think Arsenal is somewhere you go to go on vacation’

‘If you took away the name ‘Arsenal’ and looked at that group of players… average. At the end of the season, if I’m Arsenal, if I’m Arteta, if I’m on the board, to be honest with you, I think my main concern is getting half of the dressing room out.’

The Frenchman also took aim at Arsenal’s recent signings, with big-money summer acquisitions Willian, Thomas Partey and Gabriel yet to set the world alight.

‘For me, the biggest mistake they have made in the last few years is their ridiculous transfer activity,’ he said. 

‘They don’t have the same finances as Manchester United and Manchester City, but they’re not far behind those clubs. They still have the power to get big players in. But the way they’ve spent money in the last six or seven years… who is directing that? 

‘I don’t understand the profile of players they’ve brought in – especially in defence.’  

He also branded their recent recruitment ‘ridiculous,’ particularly their signings in defence 

Petit said Mikel Arteta needs to realise that he doesn’t have the players to play how he wants to

The World Cup winner believes Arteta is being too stubborn as well, and needs to be ‘realistic’ about the level of his players.

He added: ‘I really liked the first few weeks when Mikel Arteta came in, we could see instant improvements and you could see things he was trying to implement on the pitch, in particular out of possession. He set his side up very well in those opening weeks in charge.

‘But they’re constantly facing danger because they don’t have the technical capabilities to do the things Arteta wants them to do. Not only that, but they don’t have the confidence, either.

‘I don’t understand this with Mikel Arteta; you can tell he’s got an idea and he wants to stick with it – it doesn’t matter if he’s wrong, he wants to stick with his idea. It’s very similar to Pep Guardiola at Man City. But the big difference is that Man City’s dressing room and Arsenal’s dressing rooms are incomparable. You have to be realistic with the level of your players.’

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