Emmanuel Petit lashes out at Arsenal transfer policy after failing to qualify for Europe

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‘I don’t see the Arsenal blood on the pitch’: Former Gunners star Emmanuel Petit condemns his former club’s transfer policy and insists he ‘don’t recognize them’ as they ‘spend a lot of money on the wrong players’

  • Arsenal endured a season of struggle to finish eighth in the Premier League
  • Mikel Arteta’s squad failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years
  • Former star Emmanuel Petit has criticized the club’s transfer strategy
  • Ex-French midfielder says he doesn’t see any players willing to give anything for the cause

Emmanuel Petit has criticized Arsenal’s transfer policy, accusing his former club of spending millions ‘on the wrong players’.

It was an unforgettable season at the Emirates Stadium as the Gunners finished eighth in the Premier League and failed to qualify for Europe for the first time in 25 years.

Mikel Arteta’s men were also defeated by Villarreal in the UEFA Europa League semi-finals.

Arsenal had a disappointing season as they again finished eighth in the Premier League

Arsenal had a disappointing season as they again finished eighth in the Premier League

Mikel Arteta does not appear to be moving the club forward at the moment amid fan discontent

Mikel Arteta does not appear to be moving the club forward at the moment amid fan discontent

Mikel Arteta does not appear to be moving the club forward at the moment amid fan discontent

And Petit, the French midfielder who played 116 times for the club between 1997 and 2000, is targeting the club’s owners, the Kroenke family, over their transfer strategy.

For example, they brought in Willian from Chelsea last summer on a wage of £220,000 a week, but the Brazilian hasn’t made much of an impression.

Petit told The sun: ‘I don’t recognize the club anymore. I don’t see the Arsenal blood on the pitch.

“It’s not about money because Arsenal have the power to put £70million on a player if they want to.

“It’s a matter of profile – who do you want for your teams in terms of character and quality?

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has criticized the club's transfer market strategy

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has criticized the club's transfer market strategy

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has criticized the club’s transfer market strategy

Petit won the Premier League and the FA Cup Double with Arsène Wenger's Arsenal team in 1998

Petit won the Premier League and the FA Cup Double with Arsène Wenger's Arsenal team in 1998

Petit won the Premier League and the FA Cup Double with Arsène Wenger’s Arsenal team in 1998

What are Arsenal doing in the transfer market? I do not understand. They spend money – a lot of money sometimes – but on the wrong player.’

Petit is concerned that Arsenal will fall further down unless they change direction soon.

He added: “This is the turning point for Arsenal, they are at the end of the world. They have to go in the right direction or else they will fall, fall and fall again and it will be more difficult for them to attract players.

‘With all the respect I have for’ [Bukayo] Saka and [Emile] Smith Rowe – they played brilliantly, especially Saka – but the other players – the experienced players – what have they brought to the team since they’ve been here?

“You have to look at yourself in the mirror.”

Owner Stan Kroenke (right) and director Josh Kroenke (left) have been heavily criticized

Owner Stan Kroenke (right) and director Josh Kroenke (left) have been heavily criticized

Owner Stan Kroenke (right) and director Josh Kroenke (left) have been heavily criticized

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