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Arsenal legend Petit asks ‘what was the point of sacking Wenger?’

Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has questioned why his former club even bothered sacking their former manager Arsene Wenger at the end of last season.

Unai Emery took over at Arsenal from Wenger last summer, but the Spanish coach already seems to be up against it, having taken over a squad in need of major surgery.

However, despite the obvious deficiencies, Emery was told he could only sign players on loan during the January transfer market, and to make it worse, it has been reported that he will have as little as £40 million to spend in the summer as the club pay the cost of some serious financial mismanagement.

For this reason, club legend Petit has hit out at the Gunners’ hierarchy, insisting the club has no excuse not to spend and questioned why they even bothered ending Wenger’s 22-year reign if they weren’t prepared to back his replacement financially.

“The frustration level must be very high for Emery as in only his second transfer window as Arsenal manager, he was told he cannot sign anybody,” Petit told the Irish Independent.

“You look at the money Manchester United , Liverpool and Manchester City spend and unless you join them and put the cash on the table to compete for the best players, you are going nowhere.

“Tottenham are not spending money, but they are in the position Arsenal were in a few years ago building a stadium, but there is no excuse for Arsenal now.

“If you sack Arsene Wenger and then say to the guy who replaces him you have no money to spend on new players, I would ask what was the point of sacking Wenger in the first place?”

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