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Petit: Emery’s Arsenal is no different to Wenger’s

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A fuming Emmanuel Petit reckons that “nothing has changed” over at Arsenal since Unai Emery replaced Arsene Wenger in 2018.

Arsenal’s struggles away from home under Emery continued on Monday night following a 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United. While it was only the club’s second loss of the campaign, it was typically the same old story.

The Gunners failed to properly challenge Chris Wilder’s well-organised defence, with Nicolas Pepe missing their best chance of the game. The miss was, arguably, the turning point of the game with Lys Mousset scoring the winner later on.

With criticism growing by the day, Emery has since had to defend his methods due to his terrible away record. There are even rumours swirling that Arsenal can break their coach’s three-year contract, which was signed in 2018, as early as next summer.

“I can understand why many Arsenal supporters are losing patience with Unai Emery,” said Petit, according to Daily Mirror.

“As a manager, he has a bad record away from home – not just with Arsenal, but also while he was in Spain.

“Arsenal showed no character and it p***es me off because it has been the case so many times away from home.”

The Frenchman, who won a Premier League and FA Cup between 1997 and 2000 for Arsenal, also slammed Emery’s line-up.

“The starting XI he picked against Sheffield United was strange,” continued Petit.

“It’s difficult after an international break when you have to play teams that don’t have as many players involved in the international fixtures.

“But you know what to expect when you go to Bramall Lane – you know the qualities of the Sheffield United team.

“They fight, especially in front of their home crowd, and they get balls into the box and put pressure on at set-pieces.

“That’s what they did against Liverpool and Chelsea. But more importantly, they didn’t show any technical quality on the pitch.

“They gave away so many simple balls and had no inspiration, imagination or creativity. They looked so heavy. This isn’t Arsenal – you need to take the ball and show what you’ve got.

“But I haven’t seen that in years. Nothing has changed since Arsene Wenger left.”

Emmanuel Petit, Arsenal
27 Oct 1999: Emmanuel Petit of Arsenal.