Former Arsenal midfielder, Emmanuel Petit, has told manager Mikel Arteta to clear out, “half the dressing room,” and slammed the club’s “ridiculous” transfer business.
Petit has identified poor recruitment as the biggest factor in the Gunners’ decline.
“For me, the biggest mistake they have made in the last few years is their ridiculous transfer activity,” Petit told Ladbrokes.
“Ok, it’s a question of money and 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’m just asking that question: who is in charge of these decisions? Does the manager have a say, is it his responsibility? Or is it someone on the board?
“I don’t understand the profile of players they’ve brought in – especially in defence.
“I try not to get emotional any more when I look at Arsenal. I try to step back and put away my emotions. I try and look at them like a normal team. I have to tell myself ‘don’t expect anything special from them today.’ This is the way I am now.”