Arsenal legends slam Arsene Wenger after Manchester City defeat

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger does not appear a favourite among his former players following his side's 3-1 defeat to Manchester City in the Premier League. The Frenchman made a couple of surprise changes for the Citizens clash, but it came to no avail as the Citizens secured a comfortable victory.

Following the game, club favourite Lee Dixon was unimpressed with the way the Gunners played when they were out of possession, he said, “He has created an environment that doesn't really know what they're doing without the ball. Just running willy-nilly at the ball is a disaster against Man City.”

Meanwhile, Emmanuel Petit, who won a double with Arsenal in 1998, also criticised the Gunners for losing the ball cheaply in their own half, he told Paddy Power, “At the moment, every time Arsenal have the ball, they are a danger to themselves, because as soon as they lose it, they look disorganized. There is no balance in this team -- they lack concentration.”

The defeat has put the Gunners 12 points adrift of table-toppers Manchester City, while they are also trailing for the Champions League places with Chelsea holding a three-point advantage above them in fourth spot. Arsenal presently look out of sorts while playing teams on the road, and Wenger has a huge task of motivating a squad which has a number of high-profile players including Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, who are in the final year of their respective contracts.

The FA Cup holders play host to north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur following the international break and the game could have a huge complexion on the overall atmosphere around the Emirates. Spurs finished above the Gunners for the first time in over 50 years last term, and there appears to be a power shift between the clubs - with the visitors no longer deemed as underdogs heading into the local derby.