Arsenal Legend Emmanuel Petit has cut a frustrated figure this week as the former player tears into his former club’s recruitment process and their ability to bring in top class players.
TalkSport report Arsenal were major admirers of Odsonne Edouard, Mikel Arteta keen to get the Frenchman in this summer from Celtic.
However, it’s transpired Edouard is likely to move to English Premier League rivals Leicester as the Frenchman gets set to link up with his former Celtic manager down south.
Petit can’t believe how badly the Arsenal hierarchy have handled transfer dealings over the past few years and missing out on more top targets to rivals is unacceptable.
Speaking to TalkSport, Petit said:
“How many times were they wrong in buying players at Arsenal? Defenders, Mustafi, Sokratis, with the same talent. They were adding players on players on players, but they were not difference between them.
“This is the end of the street for them. Make changes, you have to. It’s been the case for the last couple of years, but what have they done?
“It’s not a question of money as they have the money.
“After all the famous Super League drop in the water, after all the frustration in the transfer market and the profile of the players who left, I can understand that they have to be careful by repaying the loan from the bank for the Emirates Stadium.
“I can understand that, but now it’s over it’s not the same anymore. Don’t tell me it’s because of COVID-19, when you spend £60million on players every single transfer market, you have the money to bring in talent.
“Can you tell me how you choose your talent? How you choose your profile? What is your target?”
Eddy is certain to leave this summer and the rumours have intensified surrounding his reunion with Brendan Rodgers.
Arsenal know Celtic players are good value for money, they were lauded for landing Kieran Tierney for just £25m two summers ago and they appeared to want to dip their toe in the Celtic transfer market again.
There was once a time when a player would absolutely have taken Arsenal over Leicester, but times have changed and Arsenal fans as well as legends of the club are finding it difficult to adjust.