By Emma Sanders

Emmanuel Petit has claimed Arsene Wenger “completely changed” football when he joined the Premier League two decades ago to manage Arsenal.

The former Gunners’ star made the comments after Wenger has received criticism from fans in recent seasons due to inconsistencies in Arsenal’s performances.

Wenger’s side recorded a comfortable 5-1 victory against West Ham on Saturday but are under pressure to make it through to the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

They take on Basel on Tuesday evening and Petit believes Wenger is the right man in charge because of what he has achieved with the club.

“I always say since the beginning of the Premier League there’s two managers that have completely changed football in England. It’s Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger,” Petit told BT Sport, as quoted by the Daily Star.

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“His achievement for the club is massive. It’s huge.”

Arsenal have qualified for the Champions League every year since Wenger took over and he has led the club to nine major trophies since taking over in 1996.

He was responsible for bringing in a number of Arsenal stars including Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil but the club endured a nine-year trophy drought prior to their 2014 FA Cup victory.

Failure to win the Premier League since 2004 has frustrated fans and Wenger’s contract runs out at the end of the season so the club could be looking to replace him.

Should Arsenal fail to make it through to the knock-out stages of the Champions League, it would put further strain on Wenger’s position at the club.

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