Emmanuel Petit sends message to Arsenal about Arsene Wenger
The Arsenal legend backs Arsene Wenger's decision to stand down at the end of the season
Emmanuel Petit believes Arsene Wenger has made the right choice to stand down as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.
The Gunner boss has announced that he will call time on his Arsenal rein in the summer following 22 seasons at the north London club.
Arsenal are in sixth place in the Premier League table and 14 points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur, who occupy the final Champions League spot.
The north London side are facing the prospect of another season without Champions League football to highlight their regression under Wenger.
The Frenchman hasn’t won the Premier League title since 2003-04, while the Gunners haven’t won a European trophy since Wenger’s appointment.
However, the 70-year-old can sign off with Europa League glory at the end of the campaign if Arsenal manage to get past La Liga giants Atletico Madrid in the semi-final.
Former Arsenal star Petit believes Wenger has made the right choice to stand down as Gunners boss following his long spell in charge of the north London club.
“It was about time Arsene Wenger left Arsenal,” Petit told Paddy Power.
“He had plenty of time to step back and consider the fans’ feelings and all the criticism he has received over the past few years. It was the right choice.
“Now, I hope the fans give their full support to Arsene and the team for the remainder of the season. They have some big games coming up, particularly in Europe. The next few weeks are very important for what happens next season.
“Those who have wanted Wenger to leave years ago need to look at his entire time there, and everything he did: the stadium, the training facilities, the way he changed not just Arsenal but also the entire Premier League.”
Arsenal will take on West Ham United in their first game since Wenger announced his plan to leave the Gunners in the summer.
The north London side signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the January transfer window.