Former Gunners figure, now RMC Sport consultant, Emmanuel Petit did not mince his words after Arsenal’s first failed outing against Brentford on Saturday in the Premier League (2-0 defeat). On the set of PL Live, he admitted to « gradually losing interest » in the performances of the North London club.
Swept by the promoted Brentford (2-0) at the opening of the new Premier League season, Arsenal was not reassured on Friday when starting this 2021-2022 exercise. Deprived of many executives (Aubameyang, Lacazette, Partey) and forced to throw in the deep end its new recruits (Lokonga, White), as well as the young Folarin Balogun at the forefront of the attack, the Gunners folded in the face of the Bees much more enterprising, who have taken advantage of their opponent’s collective and defensive weaknesses to win.
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« I do not see the trajectory that the club will take »
Once again, the scenario of the match was reminiscent of some bland outings by Mikel Arteta’s men last season. What to tire the supporters of the first hour, but also the former players, like Emmanuel Petit. The consultant RMC Sport, legend of the Gunners and former executive of the Invincibles (2003-2004), could not hide his disappointment after this new underperformance of the North London club.
« I am gradually losing interest in Arsenal, we are going from disillusionment to disillusionment, he laments. They no longer give me any emotion and I do not see the trajectory that the club has been taking for years. It started under the era of Arsène Wenger and there was a continuity after. Arsenal’s policy, I don’t see much of it … It’s not a question of money, it’s a question of profiles . The deficiencies have been well identified for years, especially on the defensive level, and there it was a fiasco. «
The former midfielder of the Blues continues his reflection by questioning the attractiveness of the Gunners: « Who wants to come to Arsenal today? The only argument we offer is money – because it There is no European Cup – and again, they are far from the teams that have been ahead for years.At the time of Arsene Wenger, what was acclaimed was the sporting character, the game. «
After this inaugural defeat, Granit Xhaka’s teammates will quickly have to recover, especially as the next two days of the Premier League promise to be tough, with the reception of the winner of the Champions League, Chelsea, for a derby that promises to be electric, before moving to the field of defending champions Manchester City.