Petit slams ‘average’ Arsenal players: Half of them must go

Arsenal hero Emmanuel Petit has blasted his old club.

Arsenal have endured a miserable season to date and are currently lying in 10th position in the Premier League, some 10 points off the top four, with the Europa League their only chance of silverware.

Petit told Ladbrokes: “I still believe they have some quality players available to them – do I think they have many quality players? No. They have a good group of young players, though that are still learning.

“I think some of those youngsters can become very good in years from now – but to do that, they need to see an example being set by the senior players. It shouldn’t be at a club like Arsenal that the younger players are the only ones showing passion, fight and aggression.

“It needs to come from the older players who should lead by example. When I look at the older players in the team, it’s like they think it’s a retreat football club, somewhere you just go for a vacation.

“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.”

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