Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit fears that nothing has really changed at his former club despite Unai Emery replacing Arsene Wenger as manager in the summer.
The Gunners, who finished sixth in the Premier League table in Wenger’s final season, are currently fifth under Emery — six points below fourth place.
Matteo Guendouzi, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Bernd Leno, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Lucas Torreira moved to the Emirates Stadium in July, but Arsenal have yet to add to their squad in January and Petit does not believe Emery is being adequately backed.
Petit told The Mirror: ‘It’s like Wenger is out but I have the feeling that it’s the same old story. What’s happening after Arsene Wenger’s era, I think we were expecting more from the club.
‘I am disappointed. You are telling me that Emery has the same problems that Wenger had.
‘Nothing has changed. So why did they sack Arsene? If you sack the manager, you need to start a revolution. But I ask the question: why did they sack Arsene? If someone can give me the answer then I’ll be very happy.
‘If you don’t give the control to Emery, allow him to oversee a revolution, give him the power to bring in new players to help him change the style on the pitch, then why create all of this mess?’
As well as struggling to recruit new stars, Emery has had issues with some of Arsenal’s existing big names.
Aaron Ramsey is set to leave the club for Juventus either this month or at the end of the season, while Mesut Ozil has missed nine of Arsenal’s 22 Premier League matches so far amid concerns about his fitness and tactical suitability.