Former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Petit has taken a swipe at Arsene Wenger over the way he treats the club’s former players.
Petit who was part of the Arsenal team that won the 1997-98 Premier League title has hit out at Wenger for not giving ex Gunners the opportunity to take up coaching jobs at the club.
The likes of Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams and Patrick Vieira have all acquired their coaching badges but they had to start their career elsewhere. Petit has now revealed Viera in particular is unhappy with Wenger that he was not offered the opportunity to work with the club
Speaking to SFR , Petit said: “Why didn’t Arsene open the door to Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira or Tony Adams? Arsene couldn’t imagine that anyone would criticise him openly on television, never mind a former Arsenal player.”
“It is good to build statues to commemorate history but at some point you have to open the doors to help them. When I see Dennis Bergkamp on Ajax’s bench, it doesn’t bother me, but I remember Dennis has a son in Arsenal’s academy.
“I was with Patrick two days before he went to the USA. There was an event organized by Manchester City in January, and I was one of four players invited by Patrick. I spoke with Patrick for two hours and I can say — and maybe he will not be happy that I am saying this in public — he is really disgusted by Arsenal and Arsene’s attitude.”
Thierry Henry recently began work as Roberto Martinez’s assistant at Belgium after Wenger blocked his opportunity to work with Arsenal youth team.