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Emmanuel Petit: Arsenal players must stop ‘acting like babies’

Former Gunners midfielder Emmanuel Petit, who helped Arsenal to the double back in 1998, had some harsh words for current Arsenal players.

“When I see them play they seem to play without motivation,” Petit said in an interview with the Sunday Mirror.

“The blame is put on Arsene [Wenger], but I cannot see that it is all down to him. Why should it be?

“Why should a player need motivating to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, in one of the best stadiums in the world? Some of them do not seem to know what it means to wear that Arsenal shirt.

“They get good money to play for a club like Arsenal. Yet, so few of them look happy and motivated. How can that be?

“Someone should sit them down and tell them not to act like babies and kids. They should be proud of wearing that Arsenal shirt.

“Many of those players do not seem to realise how lucky they are to be at the club. I just want to shake the tree and tell them how fortunate they are to play at a club of Arsenal’s standing.

“If Arsenal are to achieve anything this season, then the motivation must come back into the team. And the players have to be responsible for that.”

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