Petit says Arsenal need ‘a great leader’ to replace Emery, like Steven Gerrard

Emmanuel Petit believes Arsenal need ‘a great leader’ to replace under-fire manager Unai Emery, and has suggested Rangers boss Steven Gerrard as a potential candidate.

The Arsenal manager is coming under increasing pressure following the club’s disappointing start to the new season, last weekend’s defeat at top-four rivals Leicester leaving the club eight points adrift of the Champions League places.

The club continue to suffer from familiar flaws and have failed to improve their torrid away form, with former Gunners midfielder Petit insisting the club are in need of stronger leadership.

While former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira has urged the club to give Emery time, his former teammate Petit has said that the Gunners need to appoint a ‘great leader’ in order to restore a winning mentality to the side, the former France international offering ex-Liverpool captain and current Rangers boss Gerrard as an example of someone who could reinvigorate the dressing room.

“The club needs a great leader now,” Petit told Paddy Power.

“Someone who can bring back the passion, someone respected by the players, someone who can fill the team with energy and the winning mentality.

“Steven Gerrard, for example, is like this.

“I want to see passion, emotion. Someone who, when he takes your hand, you can feel the electricity.

“I want someone who can bring that to the Arsenal dressing room, because they need to wake up.”

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