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Petit: Why sack Wenger? Arsenal are no different under Emery!

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Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit doesn’t believe the club have made any progress under Unai Emery as they still face the “same problems as Arsene Wenger had”

The Gunners decided to end a 22-year partnership with Wenger last summer following a disappointing run of results across the past few seasons.

Emery was brought in to replace the iconic Frenchman and was immediately handed the task of returning Arsenal to the top-four in the Premier League along with building a side capable of challenging for titles in the future.

But the Spaniard’s attempts to do so have been hampered by Arsenal’s inability to sign players permanently in this month’s transfer window.

And Petit can’t understand why Arsenal decided to let Wenger go as they clearly continue to stagnate.

“It’s like Wenger is out but I have the feeling that it’s the same old story,” Petit told the Daily Mirror.

“What’s happening after Arsene Wenger’s era, I think we were expecting more from the club. I am disappointed.

“You are telling me that Emery has the same problems that Wenger had. Nothing has changed. So why did they sack Arsene?

“If you sack the manager, you need to start a revolution. But I ask the question: Why did they sack Arsene? If someone can give me the answer then I’ll be very happy.

“If you don’t give the control to Emery, allow him to oversee a revolution, give him the power to bring in new players to help him change the style on the pitch, then why create all of this mess?

“This team is not good enough to fight for the title. This team is strong enough to fight for third or fourth place and that’s it. They’ve been like that for years and years. You don’t have to be a magician to understand that.

“I was thinking, ‘OK, you sacked Arsene Wenger for good reasons’. But then I was expecting a revolution at the club. But it’s not happened.

“You sack Arsene but then you have to give the power to Emery to change things. But, honestly, nothing has happened. It’s just the same now as it ever was.

“I don’t see many changes in terms of how the team plays since Wenger left. I’m still confident with Emery, he’s a talented manager, but he needs to pick his own players as well. For sure, Arsenal needs to change the squad.”

The Gunners are currently fifth in the Premier League and six points adrift of Chelsea in the final top-four spot.