Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit was at the heart of Arsenal’s glory days under Coach Arsene Wenger.

He has an advice for the management and fans of the club.

"Arsenal must spend more on wages if it hopes to keep players away from global competitors", he said, adding fans also needed to lay off embattled manager Arsene Wenger.

It is 13-years since Wenger’s ‘Invincibles’ won the last of his three Premier League titles and the club has just come through their worst season in two decades.

“I think that at times it has gone much too far (criticism of Wenger),” he said in Bangkok.

Wenger has spent much of the last year facing down a growing fan rebellion against his long tenure that looks unlikely to subside unless the team returns to their winning ways.

A surprise FA Cup win against Premier League champions Chelsea last month briefly lifted supporter spirits and was followed by the news that Wenger had signed a new two-year contract.

Wenger now faces a tough task of attracting new talent and keeping his best players.