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Petit laments Arsenal's Wenger choice

4th February 2019, 15:43 by James Mason

Emmanuel Petit says the lack of support for Arsenal's new manager makes the decision to let Arsene Wenger go difficult to understand.

After 22 years at the helm, French tactician Wenger brought the curtain down on his time with the Gunners, where he was the longest-serving and most successful in the club's history.

Former Sevilla and Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery was handed the reins at the Emirates but, after a good start, the Spaniard has found life tough in recent weeks and Arsenal have dropped to sixth in the Premier League.

Petit, who played for the London outfit from 1997-2000, has now questioned the club's decision to let Wenger go due to the new man in charge not being backed in the transfer market.

"The frustration level must be very high for Emery as in only his second transfer window as Arsenal manager, he was told he cannot sign anybody," he told the Irish Independent.

"You look at the money Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City spend and unless you join them and put the cash on the table to compete for the best players, you are going nowhere.

"Tottenham are not spending money, but they are in the position Arsenal were in a few years ago building a stadium, but there is no excuse for Arsenal now.

"If you sack Arsene Wenger and then say to the guy who replaces him you have no money to spend on new players, I would ask what was the point of sacking Wenger in the first place?"

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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