Wenger still right man says ex-star Petit

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

PARIS: For­mer Ar­se­nal star Em­manuel Petit in­sists Arsene Wenger is still the right man to lead the Gun­ners but be­lieves this sea­son could be make or break for his old boss, he told AFP on Fri­day.

“Arsene is in the most dif­fi­cult year of his ca­reer be­cause of the lack of tro­phies,” said Petit of 67year-old Wenger.

Wenger joined Ar­se­nal in 1996 and has led the club to three Premier League ti­tles, but the last dates back to 2004.

“They can’t just bank on a few English Cup wins,” Petit said in ref­er­ence to the 2015 and 2017 FA Cup tri­umphs. “Es­pe­cially as Ar­se­nal have been so poor in the trans­fer mar­ket these last few sea­sons.”

“A sec­tion of the fans have turned against him and he’s un­der le­git­i­mate pres­sure,” said Petit. “But he’s the right man for the job.”

Petit was part of Ar­se­nal’s dou­blewin­ning team in 1998, the year he scored in France’s 3-0 tri­umph over Brazil in the World Cup fi­nal.

He moved on to Barcelona af­ter help­ing France to win Euro 2000.

Petit said Wenger “runs the club as if it were his own prop­erty, and it’s mak­ing a profit, it’s a flour­ish­ing eco­nomic model”.

“It’s just a shame Ar­se­nal can’t at­tract the top names any­more,” he said, adding that the kind of in­vest­ment needed to win a league ti­tle made them very ex­pen­sive in­deed. - AFP

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