Former Arsenal star launches scathing attack on Arsene Wenger for Arsenal's poor form

Emmanuel Petit did not hold back on the Arsenal head coach

Former Arsenal star launches scathing attack on Arsene Wenger for Arsenal's poor form

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Former Arsenal star Emmanuel Petit has issued some very critical comments in the direction of Arsene Wenger in a frustrated commentary about Arsenal's apparent downfall this season.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the double winning Arsenal player from the 90's said that Wenger is letting the club and fans down.

''You let down the fans, you let down the club because this year was for us. Do you think Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City and Man Utd will do the same next year? Forget it. They will come back strongly.''

''Arsenal’s academy policy is very good, up until a certain point - there is a limit. 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.''

''You have to bring in experienced players - big names, big characters, players with winning mentality. 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.''