Arsenal should have signed players like Scott Parker, Joey Barton or Gary Cahill, according to former enforcer Emmanuel Petit, who insists he can’t understand Arsene Wenger’s movements in the last transfer window.

“Previously, the players left at the end of their career: Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Patrick Vieira, Robert Pires and myself [all left],” Petit said.

“Today Fabregas and Nasri left when they were at the top. It's very disturbing.


“They most lack mind and character. I do not understand why Arsene did not take Scott Parker or Joey Barton.

“And the defence, playing at a high level with this defence for several seasons now is impossible.

“There was, however, players who could strengthen it, like Gary Cahill, but Arsene did not go looking for them either, because of money, no doubt.”

Petit defended Arsenal as a strong team when they’re at full strength, but the ex-Gunners star admitted that the side will struggle this season with injuries building up.

“At full strength, Arsenal still has a great team but it is never complete with all these injuries,” he said.

“I keep faith in Arsene. I hope the players think like me. The worst thing for Arsenal would be for Wenger to leave.”

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