Former Gunner Emmanuel Petit has been somewhat critical of the current crop of Arsenal players, and suggested we aren’t tough enough to succeed, according to the Express.
The 44-year-old was part of the Gunners during a hugely successful period, and he believes the present side are some way off the Arsenal of old.
Petit was at Arsenal from 1997-2000, but moved on first to Barcelona and then to Premier League rivals Chelsea.
The Frenchman recalled his time at Highbury, and commented on the defensive stability and warrior like nature of the side back then.
“You have to remember the defence that we had,” he said.
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“You could rely on [David] Seaman, [Tony] Adams, [Martin] Keown, etc.
“We knew how to travel. When we had to play, we knew how to do that too.
“I remember one away game at Wimbledon where Tony Adams came to say to me: ‘Today, Manu, forget the football. It’s war’.
“We knew how to adapt because we only wanted one thing: to win.”
He went on to say that the current Arsenal side have too many “pretty” players, and that we lack the “killers” required to experience the same success we have done in the past.
“Let’s say that the Barcelona of keeping the ball has overtaken that style,” he continued.
“But today, you have to be more direct and pragmatic. You see that with Germany or Real Madrid.
“Arsenal have very pretty players but there are not ‘killers’ in this team.
“At that time, we were tough, we did not play to look good.”
Petit also played for our opponents in the Champions League last 16, with the defensive midfielder spending a number of years at AS Monaco.
We should be more than capable of dispatching his old side, with the first leg at the Emirates this Wednesday.
It’s a fantastic chance to progress in the Champions League, cementing our place in the quarter finals with the rest of Europe’s elite.