Arsenal For The Top-Four
Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “Well, what I said months ago is that Arsenal will finish in the top four.
“That was before they were losing three games in a row. They can lose a game and they can still be in front of Tottenham.
“I'm pretty sure Arsenal will finish in the top four. It depends on Chelsea but they can reach the third spot as well.”
And Petit has credited Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta with the Gunners’ improved performances this season.
“You have to respect [Arteta’s] work since he arrived at the Emirates because after Arsene [Wenger] left the club, it's been very disappointing from Arsenal in terms of results,” he explained.
“They were dropping down the table as well.
“His work is good and despite what people said in England, when he signed a contract for three years, there were so many things that worked for Arsenal the last few years but there is one thing for sure, the stability on the bench.
“They needed someone with a proper vision, that can work hand in hand inside the club and this is exactly what's going on.
“You have to give him time, since he arrived at Arsenal, I think his work has been good.”
Summer Signings Needed
However, Petit feels Arsenal still require reinforcements – and believes the quality of signing available to the club if they secure Champions League football next season will take them to the next level.
“[Arteta] has improved the team, individually and collectively, but if they want to compete for the title, and want to be battling in the Champions league every single year, they need to compete better in the Premier League – which means improving the quality, not exactly the quality of players, it's quantity of players as well,” he said.
“Arteta doesn't have many options on the bench, when he misses two or three important players, he doesn't get any options. With his work, they need to go to the next step which means they need to reinforce the team by buying three or four players at least.
“For sure [Arsenal are becoming more attractive to players]. They have improved a lot over the last few years.
“The fact that the manager has signed a new contract has shown the competence the club can have, and that this is a good message sent outside the club, for different players who are thinking [of] coming.
“Now Arteta could say, 'I want this player, and this player'. The next players that are going to Arsenal will feel like they are being wanted.
“If you qualify every season in the Champions League spots, it's a major, major difference, in terms of signing new players.
“It depends where Arsenal will finish at the end of the season but I'm pretty confident they will finish in the top four.
“When you are in contact with different players, even if you have to fight against other clubs for different kinds of players, it's a major difference when you put the Champions League on the table.”
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