Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has slammed under-fire Gunners boss Unai Emery, the Frenchman added that the club’s recent displays have ‘p***ed’ him off.
According to Mirror Football, Emmanuel Petit seems to be seriously questioning Unai Emery’s position as Arsenal manager following the Gunners’ 1-0 defeat to Sheffield United on Monday night.
The retired Frenchman is massively disappointed with the side’s form away from home since Emery took the reins from Arsene Wenger last summer.
Our former midfielder added that we showed “no character” which “p***es” him off. Our terrible away from was the downfall of Wenger in his final seasons in charge – this should’ve been the first thing that Emery set out to fix.
Chris Wilder set Sheffield United up perfectly as they disrupted out otherwise great start to the Premier League.
It’s almost as though our biggest stars retreat into a shell of their usual selves when we’re playing away from the Emirates.
The defeat at Brammall Lane was only our second of the season, on paper this would suggest that we’ve been amazing under Emery but the Spaniard’s team selections and the side’s general performances indicate otherwise.
In the league, all of our wins this season have been by one-goal margins – this is nowhere near good enough given the opposition we’ve faced to date.
Here’s what our former midfield powerhouse had to say on Emery:
“I can understand why many Arsenal supporters are losing patience with Unai Emery,”
“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.”
Petit was critical of the Gunners’ performance, adding that we showed ‘no creativity’:
“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.”
It’s clear that we need to be much better if we’re to finish in a Champions League place this season. Our matches in Europe are the only time we’ve truly showed our dangerous free-flowing attacking football.
Similar to the latter stages of Wenger’s time as boss, it seems to be that Emery’s tactics and the mentality of the squad our are downfall.
What changes would you make to improve our chances of getting results on the road?