Emmanuel Petit has warned former club Arsenal are in danger of becoming known as a bunch of “losers.”
And he fears the clouds hanging over the Gunners are only going to get darker if they don’t spend big this summer.
Arsenal face another of ex-midfielder Petit’s former club’s Chelsea in Saturday’s FA Cup final . And though he feels “more of a Gooner than a Blue”, the former France midfielder is worried the outlook is bleak for Arsene Wenger’s side at Wembley and beyond.
Petit won the 1998 FA Cup final with Arsenal to complete the Double before losing the showpiece to the Gunners four years later after his move to Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to bwin.com, he said: “My relationship with the club and fans at Arsenal was better than it was at Chelsea.
“I hope that Arsenal win, but I am not sure now with Laurent Koscielny being suspended .
“After the Everton game [last Sunday’s Premier League finale], the players and the managers will have been disappointed to have finished just the one point behind Liverpool and missed out on the Champions League. So mentally and psychologically it’s not the best way to prepare for an FA Cup final just six days later.
“It’s hard for Arsenal, as Chelsea will have been celebrating winning the title and they will want to confirm the Double. It was the last game for John Terry as well – it’s been a sunshine couple of days for Chelsea and clouds for Arsenal, so it’s not the best preparation.
“I know Arsenal have won two FA Cups [in recent seasons] and there may be a third to come, but they need to spend money to go to the next level. They are in danger of having a loser image.
“I have watched every Arsenal game this season and I have lost count of the amount of times I have been frustrated watching them this season.
“I have been frustrated by some players’ mentality.
“They need at least six players with a winning mentality.
“There are some players at Arsenal who have been at the club for ages and there is never a surprise from them. They are sitting on five-year contracts, on big money, but you have to do more.
“Look at Chelsea. Look at how Conte has come in and instilled a winning mentality and encouraged his players to trust their team-mates.
“That hasn’t happened at Arsenal this season.”
* For the full interview, go tobwin.com/en/news/football-betting