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'You have let us all down' - Former Arsenal legend launches astonishing attack on his old boss Arsene Wenger

Published 19/03/2016 | 13:04

Emmanuel Petit (L) and Marc Overmars with Wenger after signing for Arsenal
Emmanuel Petit (L) and Marc Overmars with Wenger after signing for Arsenal

Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has launched a scathing attack on his former manager Arsene Wenger and suggested he needs to “change his sport” if he fails to finish ahead of Leicester and Tottenham this season.

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Petit was part of Wenger’s first double winning Arsenal team back in 1998, with the Frenchman unforgiving in his assessment of the Gunners class of 2016.

“You let down the fans, you let down the club because this year was for us,” declared an irate Petit in an interview with Sky Sports.

“Do you think Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd will do the same next year? Forget it. They will come back strongly.

“If this year, you cannot compete with Spurs, with all the respect I have for them, and Leicester, then change your sport. I’m sorry.”

Petit’s words will resonate with many Arsenal supporters after a few days that has seen them crash out of the FA Cup and Champions League, with  the French World Cup winner going on to suggest Wenger’s inability to improve young players has been another flaw in his make-up in recent years.

“Arsenal’s academy policy is very good, up until a certain point - there is a limit,” he stated. “There are a lot of players coming from the academy who are good but they have failed to improve over the last three or four years.

“This has been a big disappointment for me. Players like Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are constantly injured and they are not improving.

“They are good, but not that good, that is why they need something else in the dressing room.”

Petit went on to conclude that Wenger’s failure to bring leaders into his squad is the primary reason why they are chasing surprise Premier League leaders Leicester heading into the final weeks of the season.

“You have to bring in experienced players - big names, big characters, players with winning mentality,” he added.

“They need to bring leaders into this team. They have quality, no doubt, they have big players but not enough. They need leaders, big characters and players that hate to be beaten and love to win - not only games but titles.”

“There are only two options for Arsenal. Either they keep on doing what they’re doing, adding experienced players to the youth coming through, or they use the money they have.

“In the last few years we have seen Arsenal performing well on the pitch but not winning titles, with the exception two FA Cups.

“They fail at the final step every time, at this crucial time of the season. That means they need something to improve the closing stages of the season. That, for me, would be spending the money.

“Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are all spending money on top players to improve their team and results.”

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