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Arsenal boss Unai Emery is under considerable pressure and has been warned by the north London club that results must improve.
However, Emmanuel Petit thinks it is already time for the Spaniard to leave Arsenal and believes the club should look to appoint a manager more like Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.
Petit, who also played for Barcelona and Chelsea after leaving Arsenal, insisted that the Gunners now need a “great leader” who can inspire the current squad to perform at a much higher level.
“Arsenal needs a great leader now,” Petit told Paddy Power.
“Someone who can bring back the passion, someone respected by the players, someone who can fill the team with energy and the winning mentality.
“Steven Gerrard, for example, is like this.
“I want to see passion, emotion. Someone who, when he takes your hand, you can feel the electricity.
“I want someone who can bring that to the Arsenal dressing room, because they need to wake up.”
After losing 2-0 to Leicester City last weekend Arsenal sit sixth in the Premier League table and are eight points off the top-four positions.
And the manager of the defeat at the King Power Stadium has left Petit baffled.
“I watched the game against Leicester and Arsenal looked terrible,” said Petit.
“They had no spirit, no hunger, nothing at all. I wondered to myself, “What is going on at this club? What is happening to this club?”
Arsenal’s chiefs have publicly backed Emery but Petit thinks he will have to turn things around before the January window opens in order to save his job.
“I believe it’s time for Unai Emery to leave Arsenal,” he added.
“The results are not good at all. I don’t recognise this team any more and I don’t recognise this club any more.
“In order to save his job he’ll need to be given until some time around Boxing Day.
“But he’ll need great results and a huge difference in the style of the team on the pitch. There needs to be anger on the pitch, spirit.”