Petit criticized Arsenal’s transfer policy

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Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit criticized the Gunners for inaction in the winter transfer window and wondered why the club had dismissed Arsene Wenger at all.

The restructuring that Arsenal launched last summer, replacing Wenger with Unai Emery, was suddenly suspended in January – the new head coach was told that he wouldn’t have money to buy new players.

According to Petit, without investments, especially in the problematic defensive line, his former club won’t achieve anything.

Petit said that Emery’s level of disappointment must be very high, for in his second transfer window as Arsenal’s head coach, he was told that he couldn’t buy anyone.

When you look at Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City’s level of spending, then you understand that you can’t compete with these teams. Tottenham also don’t buy players, but they have an excuse now – they are building a stadium. Arsenal have no excuses.

If you fired Arsen Wenger and then told his successor that he wouldn’t have money for transfers, what was the point in Wenger’s dismissal at all?

Arsenal are terrible in the current season in defensive terms. Petit was surprised that the club didn’t acquire defenders in January. However, the club’s problems cannot be solved by buying one or two players.

Such transfer windows like this in January are a shame for Arsenal. If this continues in the future, then the leadership must directly tell the fans that their team no longer claims to a Top-4 spot and titles and will only depict fighting for 6-4 places.

(Reporting by Nathan Dent, editing by Valerie Cooper)

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