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Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit believes that Arsenal’s academy is to blame for the club’s problem.
Petit has now urged the club to scrap their academy policy, which is hindering the club today. Petit believes the club is over-reliant on youth instead of spending big on the transfer market.
‘Arsenal’s academy policy is very good, up until a certain point – there is a limit,’ Petit told Sky Sports, as quoted by the Metro.
‘There are a lot of players coming from the academy who are good but they have failed to improve over the last three or four years.
‘This has been a big disappointment for me. Players like Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jack Wilshere are constantly injured and they are not improving.
‘They are good, but not that good, that is why they need something else in the dressing room.’
Petit has urged the clubs to spend big in the transfer market as he wants to see more quality players in the club.
‘If you want to exceed this limit [of the academy], you have to bring in experienced players – big names, big characters, players with winning mentality,’ he added.
‘They need to bring leaders into this team. They have quality, no doubt, they have big players but not enough.
‘They need leaders, big characters and players that hate to be beaten and love to win – not only games but titles.
‘There are only two options for Arsenal. Either they keep on doing what they’re doing, adding experienced players to the youth coming through, or use the money they have.
‘They fall at the final step every time, at this crucial stage of the season. That means they need something to improve the closing stages of the season. That, for me, would be spending money.
‘Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are all spending money on top players to improve their team and results.’