Emmanuel Petit: I’m sure Arsenal are ready to make big-money signings this summer

Emmanuel Petit: I’m sure Arsenal are ready to make big-money signings this summer

Emmanuel Petit believes Arsenal will enjoy a “totally different” season in 2017/18, as long as they buy players with a “winning mentality” in the transfer window.

In the most difficult campaign of Arsene Wenger’s Premier League career, the Gunners finished in fifth place amid protests over the manager’s job.

Wenger ended 2016/17 by leading Arsenal to FA Cup glory, though, before signing a new two-year contract.

With many fans still unhappy and demanding a Premier League title push next term, midfield icon Petit is “sure” his former boss is ready to spend big in this summer’s transfer market.

Petit told Sky Sports: “I’m sure Wenger and Arsenal are willing to change things by putting money on the table to bring in players with a winning mentality

“I’m sure some players will come in soon and next season will be totally different for Wenger and Arsenal.”

How did last summer’s Arsenal signings perform in the Premier League this season?

Granit Xhaka – The combative midfielder drew criticism for his somewhat reckless tacking, as he received two red cards and conceded two penalties. However, he also displayed an excellent 90% pass accuracy.

Rob Holding – Cementing his place in the XI after the switch to a 3-4-2-1 system, the 21-year-old lost only one of his nine top-flight matches and averaged more defensive actions (eight) than all but one teammate.

Shkodran Mustafi – Another centre-back, the Germany international started brightly but ultimately disappointed positionally in key matches, while notching a squad-high 11 bookings.

Lucas Perez – The versatile attacker has been widely linked with a move away after starting only two games, neither of which he completed, and appearing as a substitute nine times.

Arsenal conceded more Premier League goals this term (44) than in any of the previous four seasons.