Emmanuel Petit has called for major changes within the first team squad at his old club, Arsenal.
The Frenchman, who played at Highbury between 1997-2000, gave his assessment of the team to Paddy Power after they qualified for the Europa League final on Thursday night.
Unai Emery’s side beat Valencia 4-2 at the Mestalla to cement their place in the Baku showpiece where they will take on another of Petit’s former clubs, Chelsea.
He said: “There are so many players at Arsenal who need to leave the club this summer. It’s been too long since we’ve seen them compete for the title, and the only way they’ll do it is with an improved squad.
“But, they must continue with Emery, he is not the issue. The fact he reached a European final is big, as is the fact he’s done it with most of the players who are leftovers from the management of Arsene Wenger.
“The board just need to give him the power; he can’t continue next season with the same group of players.”
One man who Petit has singled out for criticism is German star Mesut Ozil, who has had an underwhelming campaign in 2018/19.
He continued: “What is going on with Ozil? He looks like a dead player on the pitch, a ghost. He’s lost in translation.
“It’s time now for Emery to turn the page. For me the pressure is on Arsenal to earn a Champions League place for next season. If they don’t beat Chelsea in Baku, this year will have been a failure.
“It’s fine to have an occasional bad season and end up in the Europa League, but Arsenal have been struggling to fight for the Champions League places for a while – they need to return to the level they were at before.”