Dynamic duo: Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit were a great midfield partnership

Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has delivered a massive dig to his old side after witnessing the Gunners late capitulation at the Emirates against Atletico Madrid in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The visitors were reduced to ten men from early on as the North Londoners held a 1-0 lead going into the final moments of the game.

However, a Laurent Koscielny error threw away the lead and the tie potentially.

And when the former Gunner was asked on talkSPORT’s Hawksbee and Jacob’s show, broadcast on Friday at 1pm, what he made of recent events at the Emirates he questioned the club’s mental strength and said: “Some players are weak mentally.

“They are missing leader, they are missing quality in certain positions.

And when he was queried as to whether Patrick Vieira would be a good fit to replace Arsene Wenger, he said: “I think so, yeah.

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“This is the main question to shareholders.

“The next manager has to follow in Arsene’s brand.”

Football Insider verdict:

It would be difficult for Petit to say that the appointment of Vieira would not be a good one, but at this point in the Frenchman’s career, it wouldn’t be. Right now, the Arsenal post is too big a job for the former midfield general, due to how much work the squad needs. However, Petit is right, the Gunners are very weak mentally – you only need to compare their record at home with their record away to see how much the team struggle to cope with life away from the Emirates.

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