Emmanuel Petit reveals the one key ingredient Mikel Arteta does not have with Arsenal

Emmanuel Petit gives his opinion on Mikel Arteta and what he can achieve

Emmanuel Petit reckons that Mikel Arteta can become as good a manager as Pep Guardiola is, but he doesn’t have the personality that Pep has.

Arteta became Arsenal’s new manager at the end of last year after he accepted the challenge to turn the Gunners’ season around.

The Spaniard has got the team playing some of their best football in recent seasons and Petit believes that Arsenal has good players.

However, he admitted that it would be tough for Arteta to replicate the achievements or performances he enjoyed from his players when he assisted Pep Guardiola.

He claimed that while Arsenal has good players, the Gunners lack the personality to emulate Manchester City, especially in their middle.

He admitted to seeing similarities between Arsenal’s style and that of Manchester City but he believes that midfielders like Kevin de Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez make the difference for City.

“You can see now that when Arsenal players don’t have the ball, they apply pressure and want to get the ball back very quickly,” Petit told Mirror Football.

“It’s just like Guardiola wants to do with his team – they want to control the game with the ball and show composure against opponents, especially at home.

“For me, the two main things Arteta wants to bring from Guardiola at Arsenal is applying pressure without the ball and to want to score goals.

“But I don’t believe he can do that with the quality of his players – especially in midfield.

“In the midfield area, with the lack of Kevin de Bruyne and the likes of Riyad Mahrez on the flanks, you cannot control a game like City does. They don’t have the same personailities.

“You could do it with Mesut Ozil, and I was pleased with the way he came back on the pitch recently. But they do not possess the personalities.

“If you want Arteta to bring what Guardiola does at Arsenal, he needs personality as well as quality players.”

Petit also forgot to mention the more than £1 billion that City have splashed out for those quality central players.

Alway easy to buy personality, City has proven that.

7 Comments

  1. Franko says:

    Any formation with Ozil and Xhaka in it will not get you top 4 EVER. Its been like that for the past 4 years now. Wake up and smell the coffee. Sometimes changing personnel positions can work magic for both the player and the team. Arteta should play an all action team available for now until more quality players come in next season. The team Arteta is putting out there will never smell top 4, they will continue to flatter to deceive. It would look like they are turning the corner and get everybody’s hopes up, but they will continue to fall short every time. An average manager is always cautious in his approach but a great manager tries new things to improve his team.

    4-2-3-1

    —————————-Leno————————–

    Bellerin/Soares—-Mustafi—-Mari—Tierney/Saka

    ———————Ceballos—-Luiz—————-

    Lacazette—————Pepe—————Martinelli

    ————————-Aubamayang——————-

    OR 3-4-1-2

    —————————-Leno———————-

    ——-Socratis———-Mustafi———-Mari—

    Bellerin/Soares—-Ceballos—-Luiz—-Tierney/Saka

    ——————-Pepe/Martinelli—————–

    —–Lacazette/Nketiah——Aubamayang——–

    1. Eloka Charles Ezenta says:

      God will bless you for this comment,Arteta had close to 10 draws few wins with Xhaka and Ozil in the team,I believe they’re just not good enough anymore, and cannot improve @Arsenal football club,there are tons of very good players out there,Mari and Martinelli has proven that we don’t have to spend £billions like Man City to achieve success,we just need to continue our good scouting, for years Everton, Chelsea,Leicester and a host of other clubs are buying the players that @Arsenal scouted,Man United was almost on the brink of failure until they spent the money and bought Fernandez and Ighalo,it has shown that to get the best results you don’t have to repeat the same things and expect a different result,those players are going to spoil the legacy that Arteta wants to bring to @Arsenal, a coach is as good as the players he has at his disposal,that’s why Liverpool had an unbeaten runÀ

  2. jon fox says:

    When I read just the first line , I assumed that Petit thought that MA personally lacked personality when compared to Pep. But reading on it became clear that Petit thought we had not the quality on the pitch that Pep has! Well whoever would have guessed that! Apparently we do not possess a KDB or a Mahrez!

    Perhaps the “AMAZINGLY INSIGHTFUL PETIT” also thinks that when the Corona bug is finally vanquished, folk will then stop dying from it.. Nostradamus he ain’t!

    Fortunately, the sensible Admin Martin was on hand to tell the pony tailed dimwit, that Pep had a billion pounds to splash out with and that “personality” comes easier to an owner who cares about his club than to one who clearly does not. Isn’t that nearer the real truth!

  3. Top Gunner says:

    I always emphasize that the weakness of Arsenal is the middle field. Petit see what I see.
    Arsenal midfielders dont have the pace to counter attack. They also dont protect the defenders by interceptions. They do lose possession easily

    1. ken1945 says:

      Top Gunner, but what he sees and you fail so utterly to see, is his take on thevalue of one man jn that midfield – I’ll leave it to you to work out who he thinks that might be.

  4. Siamois says:

    First of all Manu stop smoking the weed, secondly why everybody thinks that MA wants to replicate pep style,he might have learnt a lot under him but that doesn’t mean he agrees with everything pep does or think,MA has said thatother manager have had a bigger influence on him than Pep secondly does Petit knows MA personally to talk about his character? also de bruyne,Marhrez were considered flops,Marhez cost Leicester about 600 000,the German club who bought de bruyne from Chelsea got a bargain and made a big profit when selling him to city,Kante…my point is with time, clever transfers,good coaching from MA we should be hopeful,you might not know it the guy has become a joke in France from saying on live TV that Henry has 3 legs,that France were given the world cup in 98 I could go on,I do not care for his opinion!

  5. Eloka Charles Ezenta says:

    God will bless you for this comment,Arteta had close to 10 draws few wins with Xhaka and Ozil in the team,I believe they’re just not good enough anymore, and cannot improve @Arsenal football club,there are tons of very good players out there,Mari and Martinelli has proven that we don’t have to spend £billions like Man City to achieve success,we just need to continue our good scouting, for years Everton, Chelsea,Leicester and a host of other clubs are buying the players that @Arsenal scouted,Man United was almost on the brink of failure until they spent the money and bought Fernandez and Ighalo,it has shown that to get the best results you don’t have to repeat the same things and expect a different result,those players are going to spoil the legacy that Arteta wants to bring to @Arsenal, a coach is as good as the players he has at his disposal,that’s why Liverpool had an unbeaten runÀ

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