But Petit told Genting Casino: “I love watching Zaha. He's an electric player. He can be strange on the pitch sometimes, with his provocations.
“But I really liked his reactions against Arsenal, he controlled his reactions, he was smiling, he was very confident. It should be like that for every game.
“Martinelli has been very good since his injury and he's following in the same footsteps of Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka. This is the next generation of Arsenal players and if you brought in Zaha then he'd play regular football and Martinelli would be on the bench.
“So I'm not quite sure about that. Arsenal need competition in their squad, for sure, but when you see the prospect of young players, you have to be very careful with the players you bring into the club."