Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has urged manager Arsene Wenger to leave his role and move into an advisory position at the club, report Sky Sports.
The French tactician has come under intense scrutiny after seeing yet another title challenge crumble, as well as an exit to the hands of Watford in the FA Cup.
With Barcelona looking likely to knock the Gunners out of the Champions League tonight, Wenger is facing backlash from section of the club’s support.
Amid the fresh criticism surrounding his position at the helm in North London, one of his former players has seen fit to speak out.
Petit, who won a Premier League and FA Cup double under his tutelage in 1998, believes his former boss should ‘probably’ give up his managerial duties at the Emirates.
‘Should he stay as manager at the club? I don’t know’, stated the World Cup winner.
‘It’s probably the time for him to stay but in a different role at the club.’
While the 45-year old concedes Wenger has done a remarkable job as he closes in on 20 years as boss, he believes it may be time to step aside.
‘You can see what he’s done over the past 20 years for Arsenal but I think Arsene needs to understand one important thing.’
‘He needs to understand that if you want to win a trophy then you need great leaders and great warriors on the pitch.’
‘Maybe he could be supervising but I think they need someone new that will lead to new players coming into the club.’