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'Players Join Arsenal For A Holiday!'

A former Arsenal star has claimed the Gunners should look to sell half of their squad in the coming transfer window, saying some of their players treat the club like a holiday destination.

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The 2020/21 campaign has been a difficult one for the North London club following a strong end to last season with their 2-1 FA Cup triumph over Chelsea.

Ex-Arsenal player Emmanuel Petit, who spent three years on the Premier League outfit's books from 1997 to 2000, has now launched a scathing attack on Mikel Arteta's players, saying some of them treat the club like a vacation destination.

"When I look at the older players in Arsenal's team, it's like they think it's a retreat football club, somewhere you just go for a vacation," he said, according to the Evening Standard.

"They have ambition, but I don't really expect them to win big games anymore.

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"If you took away the name 'Arsenal' and looked at that group of players... average.

"At the end of the season, if I'm Arsenal, if I'm Arteta, if I'm on the board, to be honest with you, I think my main concern is getting half of the dressing room out. Honestly.

"I try not to get emotional anymore when I look at Arsenal. I try to step back and put away my emotions.

"I try and look at them like a normal team. I have to tell myself, 'Don't expect anything special from them today.'"

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Arsenal are currently 10th in the league after 30 matches, 10 points below London rivals West Ham United, who occupy fourth spot.

 

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