Players join Arsenal ‘for a vacation’, says Petit
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Players join Arsenal ‘for a vacation’, says Petit

Former Arsenal player Emmanuel Petit has launched a scathing assessment of Mikel Arteta's players saying the Gunners are a team to join 'for a vacation'.

Petit left Arsenal in 2000 and joined Barcelona, a move he says he regrets terming the transfer as the biggest mistake in his career. The Gunners suffered a humiliating 3-0 loss to Liverpool, the latest low point in Arteta's inconsistent reigning. 

The 50-year-old says half of the Arsenal team must be sold as he believes he doesn't expect them to win big games anymore.

"When I look at the older players in Arsenal's team, it's like they think it's a retreat football club, somewhere you just go for a vacation," Petit said.
 
"They have ambition, but I don't really expect them to win big games anymore." 

"If you took away the name 'Arsenal' and looked at that group of players... average. At the end of the season, if I'm Arsenal, if I'm Arteta, if I'm on the board, to be honest with you, I think my main concern is getting half of the dressing room out. Honestly."

"I try not to get emotional anymore 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.'"

Petit refused to name the players who should be sold but instead only referred to those he wants to see them stay. 

"The question is simple; how many Arsenal players would you look at and say 'they're one of the best in the league in that position?'"

"For me, if you look at the last two or three seasons, how many players are exempt of any criticism? Three or four, probably: Kieran Tierney and Bernd Leno. I really like Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith-Rowe; the way Smith-Rowe plays really reminds me of Paul Gascoigne." 

The north London side will now put focus on the Europa League when they host Slavia Prague in the first leg of the last eight of the competition.

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