Petit says he’s “detached himself” from Arsenal to stop him losing his head

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has admitted that he has attempted to “detach” himself from the club as he tries to deal with their recent decline.

Petit played for the Gunners for three seasons between 1997-2000, winning a Premier League title and an FA Cup.

But they seem a long way from those former glories now, with Mikel Arteta’s side suffering their worst start to a season for 46 years after picking up just 14 points from their opening 13 games in the Premier League.

Arsenal again failed to win on Wednesday, drawing 1-1 at home with Southampton.

And speaking to RMC Petit expressed his devastation about his ex-side’s current situation.

Arsenal’s draw against Southampton on Wednesday means they remain 15th in the table

“The anger I had has given way to indifference,” he said.

“I try to detach myself from everything as much as possible to avoid losing my head over it… It is a logical response to what has been happening for years now.”

This is not the first time Petit has hit out at how Arsenal are being run, and over the summer he expressed his disbelief that 33-year-old defender David Luiz had been handed a new contract.

Speaking to Paddy Power, he said: “David Luiz hasn’t been a proper footballer for about three years.

“But I’m not surprised that he has been given a new contract at Arsenal, because I’ve been very disappointed in relation to the club’s activity in the transfer market.

Emmanuel Petit is struggling to accept his former club’s decline

“To be honest, it’s a joke. Find some proper defenders. Are you telling me there are no young talented defenders on the market? I just don’t get it.”

“Does anyone think the Arsenal executives and directors know what they’re doing on the football side of things?

“For the last few years they have been splashing out on the transfer market – and have brought in some decent players – but I don’t know what their target or project for the future is.”

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