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16th Mar 2016

Arsenal double winner says Arsene Wenger may need to stand down

Tom Victor

Some 18 years have passed since Arsene Wenger clinched his first trophies as Arsenal manager.

But with the club in danger of missing out on the Premier League title for the 12th successive year, one member of that all-conquering squad thinks it’s time for the manager to move on.

Emmanuel Petit moved to Highbury for the 1997/98 season and won two trophies in his first campaign.

But the Frenchman told Goal: “I am pretty sure he has to stay at the club but maybe it’s time for him to open the door for something else as well.”

Arsene Wenger, Emmanuel Petit

“When I look at the former players from Arsenal, how many of them have their badges to manage a team?” he added.

“Dennis Bergkamp, Tony Adams, Patrick Vieira, many, many great players, they have their own statue in front of the stadium. I think Arsene… it’s good to share the place with someone else and try to open the door to the former players.”