Arsenal lack 'killers' – Petit

The French midfielder won the Premier League and FA Cup double at the Gunners in the 1997-98 campaign, and he believes the current side prioritise style over substance


Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes the current team lacks the killer instinct required to emulate the success he enjoyed at the club.

The ex-France international achieved the Premier League and FA Cup double at Highbury in the 1997-98 campaign, becoming a key member of Arsene Wenger’s squad in the process.

The current crop of Arsenal players ended a nine-year trophy drought last season, as they lifted the FA Cup at Hull City’s expense, but, ahead of their Champions League clash with Monaco, Petit has bemoaned the lack of “killers” within the squad, while he also believes the Gunners prioritise style over substance.

“You have to remember the defence that we had,” the World Cup winner told The Mirror.

“You could rely on [David] Seaman, [Tony] Adams, [Martin] Keown, etc.

“We knew how to travel. When we had to play, we knew how to do that too. I remember one away game at Wimbledon where Tony Adams came to say to me: ‘Today, Manu, forget the football. It’s war.’

“We knew how to adapt because we only wanted one thing: to win. Let’s say that the Barcelona of keeping the ball has overtaken that style.

“But today, you have to be more direct and pragmatic. You see that with Germany or Real Madrid.

“Arsenal have very pretty players but there are not ‘killers’ in this team. At that time, we were tough, we did not play to look good.”

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