Arsene Wenger keeps an eye on his team (Getty)

Emmanuel Petit has put the blame for Arsenal’s dreadful start to the season on the players rather than Arsene Wenger.

The Highbury legend believes they appear to lack motivation – something which they should be able to derive just by putting on the Arsenal shirt.

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His viewpoint comes after successive defeats starting with a 1-0 loss at Stoke followed by a seriously concerning 4-0 thumping at Liverpool.

‘When I see them play – and I see them a lot – they seem to play ­without motivation. The blame is put on Arsene, but I cannot see that it is all down to him,’ the World Cup winner is quoted by the Daily Mirror as saying. ‘Why should it be?

‘Why should a player need motivating to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, in one of the best stadiums in the world?

‘Some of them do not seem to know what it means to wear that Arsenal shirt.’

Emmanuel Petit turning out for an Arsenal legends side (Getty)

Petit put forward a plan to deal with the players.

‘Maybe they should take a step back and ask themselves what they can give to the club. Not what the club can give to them.

‘Someone should sit them down and tell them not to act like babies and kids. They should be proud of wearing that Arsenal shirt.’

Arsenal were hugely disappointing in defeat to Liverpool (Getty)

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Petit, who won the double with Arsenal, continued: ‘Many of those players do not seem to realise how lucky they are to be at the club. I just want to shake the tree and tell them how fortunate they are to play at a club of Arsenal’s standing.

‘If Arsenal are to achieve anything this season, then the motivation must come back into the team – and the players have to be responsible for that.

‘There is only so much the manager can do. But how can these ­players not motivate themselves to play? How is that possible?’

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