Emmanuel Petit says Arsenal should sign Riyad Mahrez
“He knows the Premier League by heart, and has an incredible impact in it. He’s the kind of player cruelly lacking for Arsenal down the right.
“I say stop focusing on the problems at the back. I’m among those who think the further away the ball is from your goal, the less chance you have of conceding a goal.
“And the more players you have who are capable of holding on to the ball. How many players are there in world football of that profile?
“If I were a coach I’d love to have dribblers in my team — quick, technically good, capable of saying [to a defender], ‘I’m going to humiliate you with two feints, two step-overs.’
“There aren’t many dribblers. Arsenal only have one, that’s Alexis Sanchez. They have a lot of guys who run quickly, but they run in a straight line.”
More from Petit, who slams Mesut Ozil
“It’s been a while since he played a good game, and even longer since he put a string of good performances together.
“He’s still able to put in one good performance, but good performances over three, four, five weeks. I don’t think we’ll see Ozil at that level again.
“What disappoints me most is his attitude, his defeatist attitude on the pitch, his nonchalance that transmits to his teammates. Arsene keeps him on the pitch.
“If I were the coach, I’d say, ‘Mesut, you want to leave? There’s the door. Be sure to close it on the way out.’ If I were Arsene Wenger, I’d say, ‘Get out.”
Germany coach Joachim Low rules out Julian Draxler leaving PSG
“I know for a fact that Paris don’t want to sell him. They are convinced of his outstanding qualities.”
Ian Wright on Arsene Wenger’s troubles
“Watching (Wenger) now is like watching Muhammad Ali vs Larry Holmes. You’re watching Muhammad Ali, one of the greatest ever, get beat up. It was horrible, it was uncomfortable, you don’t want to see that.
“This is what is happening with Arsene Wenger. He hasn’t got anyone to throw the towel in for him.
“Genuinely – this is what I believe – he thinks he can turn it around. There is something sad in that because, judging by the way the players performed the other day: no chance.”