Emmanuel Petit hammers Arsenal in brutal rant about their recruitment, the attitude of players AND Arteta
Emmanuel Petit invades Arsenal in devastating rant about his old club’s ‘ridiculous’ recruitment, senior players pretending to be on ‘vacation’ AND why Mikel Arteta needs to get real and sell HALF of his squad!
- Arsenal have had a miserable season and seem to be missing Europe
- Far from impressed, Emmanuel Petit hammered on his old club
- In brutal defeat, he slammed their recruiting, player attitudes and Arteta
Emmanuel Petit has invaded Arsenal in a devastating attack on his former club by calling their recent recruitment ‘ridiculous’ and beating senior players for acting like they were on ‘vacation’.
Arsenal have had a miserable season so far and are currently ranked 10th in the Premier League, some 10 points from the top four, with the Europa League their only shot at silverware.
Mikel Arteta’s side has been heavily criticized throughout the season and brutally ridiculed over the weekend after their 3-0 beating against Liverpool, with Jamie Redknapp pillorifying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for doing ‘nothing’ and Gary Neville said they were so sad that he and commentator Martin Tyler could have played on the defensive for Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Arsenal have had a miserable season and have been heavily criticized in recent weeks
Emmanuel Petit turned his old club’s recruitment and attitude into a brutal defeat
And now the 50-year-old Petit, who played for Arsenal for three years between 1997 and 2000, has used the boot even more by questioning the attitude of Arteta’s senior players and insisting that half of the squad should be sold.
Speak against Ladbrokes At the launch of the 5-A-Side Bet at Crystal Palace v Chelsea, Petit said: ‘I still believe they have some good players at their disposal – do I think they have a lot of good players? No. They have a good group of young players, although they are still learning.
“ I think some of those youngsters could become very good in years to come – but to do that, they need to see an example set by the senior players. It shouldn’t be with a club like Arsenal that the younger players are the only ones showing passion, struggle and aggression.
‘It has to come from the older players who have to lead by example. When I look at the older players on the team, it’s like they think it’s a football club retreat somewhere where you just go on vacation.
The youngsters Bukayo Saka (left) and Emile Smith Rowe (right) shine this season
Petit has criticized the club’s older players, such as Willian (above), claiming they ‘think Arsenal is where 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, when I’m Arsenal, when I’m Arteta, when I’m on the board, to be honest I think my main concern is getting half of the locker room out. ‘
The Frenchman was also targeting Arsenal’s recent acquisitions, with major summer purchases of Willian, Thomas Partey and Gabriel not yet setting the world aflame.
“For me, the biggest mistake they’ve made in recent years is their ridiculous transfer activity,” he said.
‘They don’t have the same finances as Manchester United and Manchester City, but they are not far behind those clubs. They still have the power to bring in big players. But the way they’ve spent the last six or seven years … who’s directing that?
“I don’t understand the profile of players who have brought them in, especially in defense.”
He also called their recent recruitments ‘ridiculous’, particularly their recruitment requests
Petit said Mikel Arteta should realize he doesn’t have the players to play the way he wants
The World Cup winner also finds Arteta too stubborn and must be ‘realistic’ about the level of his players.
He added: ‘I really liked the first few weeks Mikel Arteta came in, we could see improvements immediately and you could see things he was trying to do on the field, especially without the ball. He took his direction very well in those opening weeks that were in charge.
But they are in constant 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 has 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 is very similar to Pep Guardiola in Man City. But the big difference is that the Man City locker room and Arsenal locker rooms are incomparable. You have to be realistic with the level of your players. ‘