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Emmanuel Petit urges Arsenal to consider signing Manchester United outcast

Emmanuel Petit has urged Arsenal to make a move in the summer for Manchester United outcast

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Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit
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Arsenal legend Emmanuel Petit has thrown his weight behind the idea of Arsenal signing Manchester United outcast Jadon Sancho, hailing him as a potential game-changer for the Gunners after his resurgence on loan at Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho, 23, who commanded a hefty £73 million price tag, found himself sidelined from United’s first-team squad in September following a fallout with manager Erik ten Hag. 

However, since his loan move to Dortmund in January, Sancho has reignited his form, notably shining in the Champions League with dazzling dribbling displays, including a pivotal role in Dortmund’s victory over PSG to secure a spot in the final.

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With Arsenal eyeing reinforcements in the winger position to provide competition and cover for Bukayo Saka, Petit sees Sancho as an ideal candidate. Speaking to Grosvenor Sport, Petit expressed admiration for Sancho’s rejuvenated form, describing him as “explosive” and “like dynamite on the pitch.” 

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Manchester United midfielder Jadon Sancho (Image credit: Getty Images)

Petit further emphasised that Sancho’s resurgence contrasts starkly with Manchester United’s struggles, suggesting Arsenal should consider a move for the talented winger.

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“I was saying how impressed I was with Jadon Sancho in the Champions League on commentary. He looks like a new player, so fit, thin and explosive.

“He’s like dynamite on the pitch, so explosive on the ball with [Karim] Adeyemi on the left flank, so hard to catch. He’s back to his best and Man United look so far away from them, so if Arsenal want him, why not?

“You can put the best player in the world at Man United at the moment and they’d look average in two months.”

Reflecting on Manchester United’s current predicament, Petit criticised the team’s underperforming players and expressed disbelief at their decline from past glory. He highlighted the team’s lacklustre performances and questioned the standard of players like Casemiro, once hailed as a master midfielder.

Sancho’s future at Old Trafford remains uncertain, with speculation linking his fate to that of manager Erik ten Hag, who faces mounting pressure amid United’s poor run of form. Should there be a managerial change, it might offer Sancho an opportunity for redemption at the club.

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