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Arsenal legend Petit slams Wenger in extraordinary attack

Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has blasted Arsene Wenger over his treatment of the club's former stars.

The ex-Arsenal midfielder claimed that Patrick Vieira, his midfield ally in the Double winning side of 1998, was "sickened" by the way he had been treated by Wenger since leaving the club in 2005.

He told SFR Sport: "I was with Patrick two days before he went to the USA. There was an event organised by Manchester City in January, and I was one of four players invited by Patrick.

"I spoke with Patrick for two hours and I can say - and maybe he will not be happy that I am saying this in public - he is really sickened by Arsenal and Arsene's attitude.

"Why didn't Arsene open the door to Thierry Henry, Dennis Bergkamp, Patrick Vieira or Tony Adams?

"Arsene couldn't imagine that anyone would criticise him openly on television, never mind a former Arsenal player.

"It is good to build statues to commemorate history but at some point you have to open the doors to help them.

"When I see Dennis Bergkamp on Ajax's bench, it doesn't bother me, but I remember Dennis has a son in Arsenal's academy."

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