Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes that Arsene Wenger has damaged his image as a manager, according to SportsMole.
In an interview, Petit expressed his opinion that Wenger’s inability to win a title over the past decade has hurt the veteran French manager and has led to sides being much less intimidated by Arsenal (via SportsMole).
With the United game coming up, Petit urged the team to produce a strong performance and send a message to the rest of the League.
He said, “I think his image was a bit damaged – for a decade now they have not been title contenders.
“They need to pound the table and send the message ‘we are not dead yet, we are still here, we can win against the leaders and pass them’. Indeed, Arsene needs to win the Premier League this season or do well in Champions League.”
A strong campaign in the Champions League looks extremely unlikely right now; which means that we will have to pin our hopes on the Premier League. If that is truly the manager’s aim, then there is no better way to make a statement than beat the current table toppers at home tomorrow.
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Petit went on to address Arsene Wenger’s infamous reluctance to spend. The former France midfielder, who was one of Wenger’s earliest transfers after he took charge at Arsenal, believes that the manager needs to spend big in order to fill in the gaps in the side.
“The other issue is that he is stingy despite the fact that Arsenal is a very rich club – the revenues are reaching the level of the top European clubs.
“They are just below the €500 million mark. So yes, they are close to the clubs who dominate European football. So it is all good in terms of finance. It would be good for Arsenal to recruit a centre-back and a holding midfielder.”
This is something that has been pointed out time and time again; and will no doubt be brought up in the upcoming Arsenal AGM as well.
But until the manager decides that the time is right, there is nothing we can do about it but hope and pray.