Arsenal Double winner Emmanuel Petit says it’s time for Unai Emery to go and he believes the club are lying about the Spaniard’s situation.
The former Valencia boss is under increasing pressure at The Emirates after winning just four Premier League games this season. Their poor form has left them eight points adrift of the top four already and facing an uphill battle to finish in the Champions League places.
The club have publicly declared that a place in Europe’s top club competition is Emery’s target for this season with head of football Raul Sanllehi recently saying: “We said to Unai that we just missed out on qualifying for the Champions League last year,” said Sanllehi.
“But this year, with a stronger squad, we expect you to do that.”
Despite Arsenal’s struggles the board have publicly supported the Spanish boss and only this week Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham insisted the club still have the right man in charge.
Petit though disagrees and thinks Emery has lost the dressing room.
Petit told Paddy Power: “I believe it’s time for Unai Emery to leave Arsenal. The results are not good at all.
“I don’t recognise this team anymore and I don’t recognise this club any more
“Arsene Wenger built this club for 20 years and there was concern as generation after generation came and went. But now they look like an average team without any inspiration or creativity – and I don’t think that’s solely down to the players.
“My opinion is that most of the players have given up on Emery, so it’s time for him to go.
“I watched the game against Leicester and Arsenal looked terrible. They had no spirit, no hunger, nothing at all. I wondered to myself, “What is going on at this club? What is happening to this club?”
“In order to save his job he’ll need to be given until some-time around Boxing Day. But he’ll need great results and a huge difference in the style of the team on the pitch. There needs to be anger on the pitch, spirit.”
What’s more, France World Cup winner Petit, 49, thinks the club are being disingenuous about Emery’s position.
He added: “What the club came out and said about Emery’s job being safe is not true at all. Everyone knows this, the typical official language clubs send out to the press and fans when things are not going well, when they sense tension.
“This is a political answer and most of the time when I hear officials or shareholders talk like this it’s proof for me that they’re already thinking about sacking the manager. It’s the opposite of what they’re saying that might be true.”