Emmanuel Petit has spouted some sharp criticism regarding his former club’s lack of transfer activity last month.
The Frenchman spent three years at Arsenal, from 1997 to 2000, and scored 11 goals in 116 games from his position in centre midfield. He won the Premier League and the FA Cup in 1997/18, and crowned a spectacular season off in style by winning the World Cup with France and scoring the last goal of the tournament as his national team beat Brazil by 3-0 in the final.
Speaking for the Irish Independent recently, Petit posed the question of the point of the sacking of Arsene Wenger from the manager role if the club aren’t going to back Unai Emery in the transfer market.
After an impressive run of 17 years in the Champions League, the Gunners have failed to qualify for the prestige competition twice in a row now, and they face an uphill battle this season to avoid the same fate again.
Petit keenly pointed out that Emery would not be to blame if the team fails to finish inside the top-four this term. The 48-year-old is afraid that the Gunners will not be able to compete with their rivals and will continue declining if they do not invest heavily in new signings. He believes Emery is getting frustrated after being told he couldn’t sign anybody in his second transfer window at the club.
Arsenal managed to secure a deal to bring in Denis Suarez from Barcelona, but the deal is a temporary one, albeit with an option to buy. They tried hard to secure a similar arrangement for Ivan Perišić of Inter Milan who went as far as telling the Serie A club he wanted to go, and then for Yannick Carrasco of Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang. However, they failed to get either of the two wingers.
Various reports have suggested that Emery would be backed with substantial transfer funds in the summer, but whether it really pans out that way remains to be seen.