Emmanuel Petit tells Arsenal stars “shut the f*** up” in scathing attack on former club

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Emmanuel Petit has launched a scathing attack on his former club Arsenal, telling players: “Shut the f*** up and do the right thing on the pitch”.

The Gunners have been hit and miss since the Premier League resumed following the three-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

And Petit, who won a Premier League and FA Cup double at Arsenal, says he’d love to lay into the players because they’re in desperate need of a leader in the changing room.

“Arsenal look like an average team with no spirit, with no anger or pride,” said Petit. “I saw them against Brighton at the end of the game, trying to fight Neal Maupay, but that made me laugh.

“You make me laugh, guys, honestly. Shut the f*** up and do the right thing on the pitch.

“Against Brighton I was so p***** off about the behaviour of the players that I wished I could be in the dressing room to say to someone, ‘Shut the f*** up, who the f*** do you think you are?’

“No one is doing that in the team. There are no leaders, no characters.

“They were winning one-nil away from home, knowing every point is vital for European qualification, and you let the game go like this.

“Then at full-time they go to Maupay to blame him for what happened to Bernd Leno, but things like that happen in every game.

“They’re trying to avoid taking their own responsibility. I just want to tell them one thing: fight during the match. Do your job.

“The spirit we had in our team, with Patrick Vieira, Tony Adams, Nigel Winterburn, Ray Parlour – it has been gone for a long time. Arsenal have some very good players but we need personality.

“Before Covid-19 came, I thought things were different but I was surprised after the Premier League resumed to find that we’re back in the old days. Nothing changed.

“It’s all a question of mentality and desire. I haven’t seen any of that at Arsenal since football came back. They could have played for a century against Man City without getting a shot on goal.

“I wish Mikel Arteta good luck because I think he’s a quality manager but just like Unai Emery and [Arsene] Wenger, what is he supposed to do with these players?”

* Emmanuel Petit was speaking exclusively to Paddy Power News. To read more, visit news.paddypower.com.

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