Emmanuel Petit (left) says Arsene Wenger will break Arsenal's wage structure this summer
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has agreed a new two-year contract with Arsenal.
The deal will be announced today before the Frenchman gets work on their campaign for next season, which will see the Gunners compete in the Europa League.
The futures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez are in doubt, while fans are hoping Wenger spends his reported £100million transfer kitty.
But Petit doubts the north London club will get the players they need if Wenger continues with his current transfer policy.
Wenger rarely buys big-name players and new signings have to stick to a wage structure at the Emirates.
“I asked Arsene a question about two months ago,” Petit said.
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I’m pretty sure Wenger will break the wages policy at Arsenal
“He was in the middle of a storm – fans wanted him to leave the club and even opponent fans were making fun of him, saying they wanted him to stay at the club.
“I’m a huge fan of Arsene. I know what he has done for Arsenal and the Premier League and the fact he hasn’t won the league for a long time does not mean he isn’t a quality manager.
“I asked him a simple question: ‘how can you bring in talented players with a winning mentality, who are difficult to buy on the transfer market?’
“The fact that Arsenal haven’t win trophies for ages, don’t want to change their wages policy, don’t want to put more money on the table for players.
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Arsene Wenger has signed a new two-year contract at Arsenal
Emmanuel Petit (centre) played at Arsenal for three years
“They’ve done it with Shkodran Mustafi and Mezut Ozil, but I think they need to be more intelligent in the transfer market.
“Arsene looked at me and said: ‘This is a very intelligent question. I know the answer but I won’t give you the answer right now.’”
Arsenal are closing in on a deal to sign 19-year-old Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru.
They have also been linked with moves for Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy and Riyad Mahrez of Leicester.
And Petit believes this could be the summer Wenger breaks the bank.
“I’m pretty sure he will break the wages policy at the club and put big money on the table to bring in big big players for the team next season,” he added.
– Emmanuel Petit was speaking to Mastercard – official UEFA Champions League sponsor – to support the release of their ‘12th man’ report, which measured the passion of European football fans.